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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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(Telecompaper) Bharti Airtel reported revenues for its fiscal second quarter to September up 3.4 percent year-on-year to INR 246.52 billion. While mobile data revenues rose 21 percent to INR 45.36 billion, total revenues were under pressure from the sale of some activities in Africa and the currency devaluation in Nigeria. EBITDA improved a faster 14.5 percent to INR 94.66 billion, and the EBITDA margin was up by 3.7 points to 38.4 percent thanks to improvement in both south Asia and Africa. Net profit fell slightly to INR 14.61 billion from INR 15.36 billion a year ago, due to higher interest costs to finance spectrum acquisitions. Operating free cash flow still increased by 23.9 percent to INR 41.79 billion, and net debt dropped to 2.28x EBITDA from 2.37 in the previous quarter.

(Telecompaper) The European Commission has opened an investigation into a network sharing agreement between two major Czech mobile operators O2 Czech Republic / CETIN and T-Mobile Czech Republic. The Commission will examine whether the cooperation restricts competition and thereby harms innovation in breach of EU antitrust rules.

(Telecompaper) Ofcom said Vodafone must pay a total of GBP 4.62 million for breaching consumer protection rules in a "serious and sustained" manner. The UK regulator said the imposition follows the completion of two investigations, resulting in two penalties. In the first investigation, Ofcom found that Vodafone took money from pay-as-you go customers, without providing a service in return. This occurred when the operator moved customers to a new billing service. In the second investigation, Ofcom found flaws in Vodafone's complaints handling procedure, including mis-selling and inaccurate billing.

(Telecompaper) Telenor saw its net loss for the third quarter widen to NOK 4.82 billion from NOK 1.77 billion a year ago, after writedowns on operations in India and stake in Vimpelcom. The company took an impairment charge of NOK 4 billion on its Indian licences after the recent spectrum auction there, while the Vimpelcom stake suffered total writedowns of NOK 2.4 billion after Telenor sold part of its shares in the Russian operator during the quarter. Telenor still reported a small increase in underlying results. Revenues rose to NOK 32.79 billion from NOK 31.84 billion a year earlier, with organic growth of 1.8 percent. EBITDA increased to NOK 12.46 billion from NOK 11.85 billion, and the margin increased to 38.0 percent from 37.2.

(Telecompaper) Ericsson has named board member Borje Ekholm as its new President and CEO, effective 16 January 2017. Ekholm is currently CEO of Patricia Industries, a unit of the investment group Investor AB, a shareholder in Ericsson. He replaces CFO Jan Frykhammar, who has been serving as interim CEO since july when Hans Vestberg abruptly left the company.

(Telecompaper) Apple reported lower sales on an annual basis for the third consecutive quarter in Q3, but the 9 percent drop to USD 46.85 billion was in line with the company's outlook. Net profit dropped to USD 9.01 billion or USD 1.67 per share from USD 11.12 billion or USD 1.96 per share a year ago. With the iPhone 7 only launching in late September, revenues from the company's flagship product fell 13 percent year-on-year but were up 17 percent from the previous quarter to USD 28.16 billion. Unit sales reached 45.51 million, down 5 percent on an annual basis and 13 percent higher compared to the previous quarter.

(Telecompaper) US mobile operator Sprint reported a return to revenue growth in its fiscal second quarter to September, the first growth in over two years, thanks to a steady improvement in customer numbers. Operating revenues rose 3 percent year-on-year to USD 8.25 billion, and wireless revenues were up nearly 5 percent to USD 7.85 billion. Adjusted EBITDA rose 17 percent to USD 2.35 billion, driven by over USD 1.1 billion in cost reductions in the year to date. Sprint maintained its target for over USD 2 billion in savings by the end of the year and adjusted EBITDA for the full year of USD 9.5-10.0 billion.

(Telecompaper) BT has announced plans to roll out new kiosks in London offering free Wi-Fi and calls, supported by advertising. The UK operator is working with Intersection, which already works on a similar service in New York City, and the outdoor advertising company PrimeSight. The new service, called LinkUK from BT, will see kiosks called Links rolled out to major high streets across the capital. Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free Wi-Fi with speeds up to 1Gbps. Other free services available from the Links will include UK landline and mobile calls, mobile device charging and access to maps, directions and local services.

(Telecompaper) Slovak regulator RU decided on the obligation of mobile operators O2 Slovakia, Orange Slovakia and Slovak Telekom to provide national roaming services for the operator Swan Mobile, operating under the brand 4ka. The decision comes after disputes between the new player Swan Mobile and the established operators. Swan Mobile complained that the other operators did not provide national roaming, even though they were obliged so by the conditions of the LTE licences.

(Telecompaper) The worldwide smartwatch market witnessed a decline in shipment volumes in the third quarter, falling 51.6 percent from the year before to USD 2.7 million, according to data from IDC. The report noted that Apple's Watch became widely available last year. By comparison, the second generation Apple Watch only became available in the last two weeks of Q3 2016.

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. ©