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Welcome to Art Telecom. Information about telecommunications in Senegal. Various broadband initiatives have been launched and the number of African countries offering commercial ADSL reached 21 in 2005. Wireless access technologies are increasingly being used as a substitute for poor or non-existing fixed-line infrastructures.
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TELECOM RESOURCES:
(Telecompaper) Telefonica announced at Mobile World Congress a "fourth platform" called Aura that it says will form the basis for a new relationship model with costumers. The digital personal assistant was created with Microsoft's artificial-intelligence expertise and will enable users to manage their digital experiences with the company and control the data generated by using Telefonica's products and services in a transparent and secure manner. Aura is designed to work as a mobile app and interact with Amazon Echo and Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality glasses and can be used for basic customer service inquiries, creating and tracking a request, managing access to Wi-Fi routers, getting information about shows and programming recordings, or receiving alerts when data consumption is greater than usual.

(Telecompaper) Lenovo has updated its Moto G smartphone range with the G5 and G5 Plus unveiled at Mobile World Congress. The company said the range still offers "premium features for all", such as long-life batteries, a new metal body design and upgraded cameras. Available in Lunar Gray or Fine Gold, the new smartphones will launch from March. Running Android 7.0, they will have access to Google Assistant software. Lenovo announced separately that it's opted for Amazon Alexa instead for the Moto Z smartphone series

(Telecompaper) Leading mobile operators and equipment vendors have announced plans to accelerate the roll-out of 5G, proposing an intermediary standard to allow large-scale deployments already in 2019. A work plan will be unveiled at a meeting in early March.

(Telecompaper) Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress a new campaign to underline its advances in 5G technology. The '5G FIRST' portfolio comprises its radio access network (RAN) including Nokia AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, packet core and mobile transport products as well as a full service offer using Intel architecture and the Intel 5G modem for initial deployments starting this year. Nokia is promising operators a "first-to-market advantage based on early specifications", as well as a role in contributing to the final 5G standards based on real-world deployments. The company aims to have its commercial 5G FIRST end-to-end solution available in the second half of 2017.

(Telecompaper) Google announced plans to roll out its Google Assistant software to more Android smartphones. First launched with its own Pixel smartphones and also integrated with the upcoming LG G6, Google Assistant is now expanding to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The voice-controlled Assistant helps users perform a number of tasks, from launching apps to translating text, finding directions or receiving calendar reminders. It uses a form of artificial intelligence to learn from the user, so the more Google Assistant is used, the more accurate it becomes.

(Telecompaper) Huawei introduced at Mobile World Congress its latest top-of-the-line models, the P10 and P10 Plus smartphones. The new phones come less than a year after the P9, as Huawei seeks to continue growing its market share in the premium segment. The P10 will launch in March in around 30 countries to start for a recommended price of EUR 649, and the Plus will sell for EUR 699 or EUR 799 depending on the configuration.

(Telecompaper) LG has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress, the G6. After the failure of last year's modular G5, LG said it has gone "back to basics" to focus on "the features consumers want", most notably a big screen that fits in one hand. The G6 features a 5.7-inch screen in QHD+ resolution (1,440 x 2,880p) and is the first smartphone to come with an 18:9 ratio display, according to LG. The company calls this a 'FullVision display', which offers more viewing space and adapts to the phone's large size.

(Telecompaper) TCL Communication Technology has unveiled ahead of Mobile World Congress its first phone under the BlackBerry brand. The KEYone is the first BlackBerry with a physical qwerty keyboard since 2015 and targets a broad public. It will be available globally beginning in April, at or under EUR 599/GBP 499/USD 549.

(Telecompaper) Google has announced a major expansion of its Android Messages next-generation texting app to 27 more operators and device manufacturers. Shortly after launching Rich Communications Services (RCS) for Telenor's 214 million subscribers, the company revealed in a blog statement that Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Globe and Vodafone will also preload Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers. The company previously announced deals with Sprint in the US and Rogers in Canada. The expansion means the number of subscribers now covered by the new Android Messages app comes to well over one billion.

(Telecompaper) South African operator Cell C's board has rejected a proposal from Telkom to acquire the mobile operator and said it is "unable and not willing to pursue any discussion" with the fixed line operator. Board chairman Mohammed Hariri said that Cell C has already entered into legally binding agreements through which it has committed to a recapitalisation with Blue Label Telecoms, among other parties. He confirmed that Cell C's board has received an unsolicited, non-binding and conditional proposal from Telkom, but that after a board meeting on 22 February, the proposal was rejected, and no discussions will take place.


VoIP - Voice over internet

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is like a phone just connected to the internet, where is use a protocol optimized for the transmission of voice through the Internet or other packet switched networks.

VoIP is also known as IP Telephony, Internet telephony, Broadband telephony, Broadband Phone and Voice over Broadband.

Internet usage, broadband and telecommunications reports Senegall

Internet Usage Statistics:
 540,000 Internet users as of September, 2006;
 4.9% of the population, according to ITU.

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