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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) The MulteFire Alliance has launched its first specification for LTE operating independently in unlicensed spectrum. MulteFire Release 1.0 comes just under a year after the alliance was first formed at the Mobile World Congress last year. The specification builds on elements of 3GPP Releases 13 and 14 to define how LTE networks can operate in unlicensed and shared spectrum, while ensuring fair sharing of spectrum with other users and technologies such as Wi-Fi. By removing the requirement for an anchor in licensed spectrum, MulteFire goes beyond Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) to enable new applications such as private or local area networks.

(Telecompaper) Reliance Jio Infocomm, the newest mobile operator in India, ended 2016 with a total 72.4 million subscribers. The company started by energy group Reliance Industries launched last September and claims to be the fastest growing technology operation in the world, after signing up 50 million subscribers in just 83 days. To finance the continue growth, Reliance Industries announced plans for a rights issue of convertible preference shares at Jio to raise INR 300 billion (USD 4.4 billion). Jio is winning over subscribers with an introductory and now New Year offer of free services for a limited time. The company also claims the most extensive 4G network in the country, which it said will reach soon 90 percent population coverage. It claims double the average speed compared to any other operator, at 18.17 Mbps in December on regulator Trai's comparison site.

(Telecompaper) Deutsche Telekom has named Soren Abildgaard (48) the new CEO of T-Mobile Netherlands from 01 February. He comes from Telia Company, where he worked most recently as chief commercial officer and was previously CEO of Telia Denmark. Abildgaard replaces Martin Knauer, who has worked as interim CEO since September last year, when Mark Klein stepped down.

(Telecompaper) Italian regulator Agcom said it is still investigating Vivendi's acquisition of a stake in Mediaset. The communications regulator started the investigation on 21 December after Vivendi accumulated a nearly 30 percent stake last last year and Mediaset accused the French company of pursuing a hostile takeover. Agcom said its investigation would take up to 120 days and could be extended by another 60 days if necessary. Its statement follows a report in La Repubblica that Agcom's preliminary conclusion was that a takeover of Mediaset by Vivendi could be illegal.

(Telecompaper) Set-top box maker Arris is looking to take over Brocade's networking equipment operations for up to USD 1 billion, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The parties are in talks around a deal that would enable Arris to offer high-end mobile broadband devices to customers and ensure that Broadcom, which agreed to buy Brocade in November, will not own a business that competes with its top clients, such as Cisco Systems. Brocade is in discussion with a number of companies about the operations and there is no certainty at this point that Arris will prevail, the sources said, adding that a decision is expected by the end of the month. Arris, Broadcom and Brocade declined to comment on the report.

(Telecompaper) South Korea's special prosecutors are preparing a warrant for the arrest of Samsung vice-chairman Jay Y. Lee, on allegations that include bribery and embezzlement, Bloomberg reported.

(Telecompaper) SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched into orbit Iridium Communications' first ten Iridium Next satellites on 14 January. Falcon 9 successfully returned to space after a period in which launches were halted to discover the probable cause of its last crash. Falcon 9's first stage booster successfully landed on a drone-ship at sea. This is SpaceX's 7th recovered rocket overall. Once fully deployed, Iridium Next will enable a new broadband multi-service capability called Iridium Certus.

(Telecompaper) Tele2 Netherlands has said it will block services for new customers without a 4G device. In a statement, the operator declared that new customers who use 2G/3G handsets cost more money than customers on the 4G network.

(Telecompaper) Magyar Telecom (Matel) announced an agreement to sell its subsidiary Invitel Group to the China CEE Investment Co-operation Fund, advised by CEE Equity Partners. The proposed sale, approved unanimously by Matel's board of directors, is subject to shareholder and Hungarian competition authority approval. The agreement values the Invitel Group, Hungary's second-largest fixed operator with a network covering over 1 million homes and businesses, at an enterprise value of HUF 63 billion (EUR 202 million), or 4.5x 2015 EBITDA.

(Telecompaper) Digital music service Pandora has announced plans to lay off around 7 percent of its US workforce by the end of the first quarter in a cost-cutting measure. In a statement, the company added that it expected to beat previously announced guidance for the fourth quarter thanks to strong advertising performance and a rise in paid subscription customers to 4.3 million. "While making workforce reductions is always a difficult decision, the commitment to cost discipline will allow us to invest more heavily in product development and monetization and build on the foundations of our strategic investments," said Pandora CEO Tim Westergren.

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. ©