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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) America Movil confirmed it's reducing its stake in Telekom Austria Group. The company said it has agreed to sell shares corresponding to 7.8 percent of the voting rights in Telekom Austria to the market. This reduces its stake from 59.70 percent to 51.89 percent.

(Telecompaper) KPN has lost a lawsuit against Fox over their carriage deal. The court of first instance found that Fox does not have to extend the current deal under the same terms when it expires at the end of July. KPN had protested the new terms proposed by Fox, claiming they could violate competition law. Other operators, such as Tele2 and Caiway, have asked the competition regulator ACM to investigate the case, while Vodafone has accepted the new terms, which include adding one of Fox's premium sports channels to its basic TV package. The other operators are concerned that the new proposal would cost them more, while the biggest pay-TV provider in the Netherlands, Ziggo is not subject to the same terms with Fox, as its carriage contract is not up for renewal.

(Telecompaper) The .web domain has sold for a record USD 135 million in an auction by Icann. A company called Nu Dot Co won the auction and can now offer firms the chance to own a domain ending .web. The figure is three times as much as was paid for the previous record holder, .shop, which went for USD 41.5 million, the BBC reports. Losing bidders for the domain included Google and net registry firms Afilias, Radix and Donuts. It was not known who is behind the company Nu Dot Co, but it faced pressure to be excluded from the auction by the other bidders.

(Telecompaper) Enel said its its Enel Open Fiber (EOF) wholesale broadband business agreed to acquire competitor Metroweb, allowing the group to accelerate its plan to roll out a high-speed broadband network all over Italy in competition with Telecom Italia. Under the deal, Enel and existing Metroweb shareholder, the state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) Equity (CDPE), will each hold a 50 percent stake in the combined EOF/Metroweb entity. Enel and CDPE will each participate in a EUR 714 million capital increase for EOF which will use the proceeds to acquire all shares in Metroweb, Enel said in a statement.

(Telecompaper) Vodafone Group announced the appointment of Serpil Timuray as Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer and the appointment of Vivek Badrinath as Timuray's successor as Chief Executive for the Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMAP) region. The appointments are effective 15 October.

(Telecompaper) Sony reported lower results for its fiscal first quarter to June, hurt by a sharp slowdown in smartphone sales and disruption to its components business from an earthquake in Japan. Sales fell 10.8 percent from a year earlier to JPY 1.613 trillion and were down 3 percent after excluding currency effects. Operating profit fell to JPY 56.2 billion from JPY 96.9 billion a year ago, and net profit plunged to JPY 21.2 billion from JPY 82.4 billion. Operating profit included JPY 20.3 billion in impairment charges for certain camera modules at the Semiconductors segment, as well as net charges of JPY 13.6 billion for expenses incurred after the Kumamoto earthquake.

(Telecompaper) Alphabet, the holding company for Google and its other activities, reported sales of USD 21.5 billion for the second quarter, an increase of 21 percent from a year earlier. Excluding currency effects, sales rose 25 percent. In its home market the US, revenues rose 25 percent, and sales were 14 percent in the UK and 19 percent in the rest of the world. Google's search activities grew by 21 percent to USD 21.3 billion, and generated an operating profit of USD 6.99 billion. Revenue from Alphabet's 'Other bets' increased 150 percent to USD 185 million, while contributing an operating loss of USD 859 million. Google's total operating profit rose 24 percent year-on-year to USD 5.97 billion, and net profit increased 24 percent to USD 4.88 billion.

(Telecompaper) Oracle is accelerating its push into cloud services with the agreed takeover of NetSuite for USD 9.3 billion. Oracle said NetSuite pioneered the idea of cloud computing for business applications already in 1998. NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials, ERP and omnichannel commerce software that services more than 30,000 companies and organizations in more than 100 countries. The acquisition was approved by a committee of independent Oracle directors and is expected to add immediately to the company's adjusted earnings. Oracle is offering USD 109 per share for NetSuite, a 19 percent premium on the share price the day before the announcement. Oracle aims to complete the takeover before the end of the year.

(Telecompaper) Bharti Airtel reported revenues for its fiscal first quarter to June up 8 percent year-on-year to INR 255.47 billion, led by strong demand for data services in its home market India. EBITDA increased 16 percent to INR 95.91 billion, and the margin rose to 37.5 percent from 34.8 a year ago, driven by improved profitability in both India and Africa. The company's net profit fell 31 percent year-on-year to INR 14.62 billion, hurt by charges for asset impairments and the new exchange rate regime in Nigeria. Capital expenditure increased 23 percent to INR 49.25 billion, and operating cash flow was up 10 percent to INR 46.66 billion.

(Telecompaper) Turkey's alternative ISPs announced plans to work on a joint venture company. Turkcell Superonline, Vodafone Turkey, TurkSat and members of Telkoder (Telecommunication Operators Association) launched negotiations for the JV, with the aim of investing more efficiently in Turkey's fixed broadband infrastructure. Turkcell previously announced that Turkey could save up to USD 12.6 billion if three major operators were to invest jointly rather than separately.


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.