Communications in Bulgaria

Communications in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Communications

Telephones - main lines in use: 2.3 million (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 9.897 million (2007)

Telephone system: general assessment: an extensive but antiquated telecommunications network inherited from the Soviet era; quality has improved; the Bulgaria Telecommunications Company's fixed-line monopoly terminated in 2005 when alternative fixed-line operators were given access to its network; a drop in fixed-line connections in recent years has been more than offset by a sharp increase in mobile-cellular telephone use fostered by multiple service providers; the number of cellular telephone subscriptions now exceeds the population domestic: a fairly modern digital cable trunk line now connects switching centers in most of the regions; the others are connected by digital microwave radio relay international: country code - 359; submarine cable provides connectivity to Ukraine and Russia; a combination submarine cable and land fiber-optic system provides connectivity to Italy, Albania, and Macedonia; satellite earth stations - 3 (1 Intersputnik in the Atlantic Ocean region, 2 Intelsat in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions) (2007)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 31, FM 63, shortwave 2 (2001)

Television broadcast stations: 39 (plus 1,242 repeaters) (2001)

Internet country code: .bg

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

Internet users: 1.899 million (2007)

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