Communications in Tunisia

Communications in Tunisia

Tunisian Communications

Telephones - main lines in use: 1.273 million (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 7.842 million (2007)

Telephone system: general assessment: above the African average and continuing to be upgraded; key centers are Sfax, Sousse, Bizerte, and Tunis; Internet access available domestic: in an effort jumpstart expansion of the fixed-line network, the government has awarded a concession to build and operate a VSAT network with international connectivity; competition between the two mobile-cellular service providers has resulted in lower activation and usage charges and a strong surge in subscribership; expansion of mobile-cellular services to include multimedia messaging and e-mail and Internet to mobile phone services also leading to a surge in subscribership; overall fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity is about 90 telephones per 100 persons international: country code - 216; a landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable system that provides links to Europe, Middle East, and Asia; satellite earth stations - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) and 1 Arabsat; coaxial cable and microwave radio relay to Algeria and Libya; participant in Medarabtel; 2 international gateway digital switches

Radio broadcast stations: AM 7, FM 38, shortwave 2 (2007)

Television broadcast stations: 26 (plus 76 repeaters) (1995)

Internet country code: .tn

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

Internet users: 1.722 million (2007)

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