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Communications in Bolivia


Bolivia had about 678,200 mainline telephones, with an additional 3.254 million cellular phones in use in 2007. The telegraph system is owned by the Ministry of Communications; remote parts of the country are connected by wireless.

A government-owned television station broadcasts from La Paz. Private radio and television stations are permitted. There were 171 AM, 73 FM and 77 shortwave radio stations in 1999. There were 48 television stations as of 1997. In 2000, Bolivia had 676 radios and 119 television sets for every 1,000 people. In 2007, there were about 1 million internet subscribers.


Telephones - main lines in use
678,200 (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular
3.254 million (2007)

Telephone system
general assessment: privatisation begun in 1995; reliability has steadily improved; new subscribers face bureaucratic difficulties; most telephones are concentrated in La Paz and other cities; mobile-cellular telephone use expanding rapidly; fixed-line teledensity of 7 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular telephone density of 35 per 100 persons
domestic: primary trunk system, which is being expanded, employs digital microwave radio relay; some areas are served by fibre-optic cable; mobile cellular systems are being expanded
international: country code - 591; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2007)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 171, FM 73, shortwave 77 (1999)

Television broadcast stations
48 (1997)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
24,363 (2007)

Internet users
1 million (2007)





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