Communications in Turkmenistan

Communications in Turkmenistan

Turkmen Communications

Telephones - main lines in use: 457,900 (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 810,000 (2008)

Telephone system: general assessment: telecommunications network remains underdeveloped and progress toward improvement is slow; strict government control and censorship inhibits liberalization and modernization domestic: Turkmentelekom, in cooperation with foreign partners, has installed high speed fiber-optic lines and has upgraded most of the country's telephone exchanges and switching centers with new digital technology; mobile telephone usage is expanding with Russia's Mobile Telesystems (MTS) the primary service provider international: country code - 993; linked by fiber-optic cable and microwave radio relay to other CIS republics and to other countries by leased connections to the Moscow international gateway switch; an exchange in Ashgabat switches international traffic through Turkey via Intelsat; satellite earth stations - 1 Orbita and 1 Intelsat (2008)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 16, FM 8, shortwave 2 (1998)

Television broadcast stations: 4 (government-owned and programmed) (2004)

Internet country code: .tm

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

Internet users: 70,000 (2007)

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