Portugal facts: Communications

Portugal facts: Communications

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These facts on Portugal take a brief look at Portugal's communications, including broadcast media, telephone and internet in Portugal.

Telephones - main lines in use:
4.121 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 37
Telephones - mobile cellular:
14.91 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 46     
Telephone system:
general assessment: Portugal's telephone system has a state-of-the-art network with broadband, high-speed capabilities
domestic: integrated network of coaxial cables, open-wire, microwave radio relay, and domestic satellite earth stations
international: country code - 351; a combination of submarine cables provide connectivity to Europe, North and East Africa, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the US; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean), NA Eutelsat; tropospheric scatter to Azores (2008)

Broadcast media:
the publicly-owned TV broadcaster operates 2 domestic channels and external service channels to Africa; overall, roughly 40 domestic TV stations; viewers have widespread access to international broadcasters with more than half of all households connected to multi-channel cable or satellite TV systems; publicly-owned radio operates 3 national networks and provides regional and external services; several privately-owned national radio stations and some 300 regional and local commercial radio stations (2008)

Internet country code:  
Internet hosts:
3.267 million (2010)
country comparison to the world: 28     
Internet users:
4.476 million (2008)
country comparison to the world: 45


CIA World Factbook / Expatica


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