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03/12/2010Portugal facts: Communications

Portugal facts: Communications In part four of our factbook on Portugal, we take a brief look at its communications, including broadcast medi, telephone, internet and transportation.

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

Transportation
Airports:
65 (2010)
country comparison to the world: 77     
Airports - with paved runways:

total: 43
over 3,047 m: 5
2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
1,524 to 2,437 m: 7
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 10 (2010)
Airports - with unpaved runways
:
total: 22
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 21 (2010)
Pipelines:

gas 1,098 km; oil 11 km; refined products 188 km (2009)
Railways:

total: 2,786 km
country comparison to the world: 59
broad gauge: 2,603 km 1.668-m gauge (1,351 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 183 km 1.000-m gauge (2008)
Roadways:

total: 82,900 km
country comparison to the world: 57
paved: 71,294 km (includes 2,613 km of expressways)
unpaved: 11,606 km (2008)
Waterways:

210 km (on Douro River from Porto) (2008)
country comparison to the world: 96     

Merchant marine:
total: 111
country comparison to the world: 48
by type: bulk carrier 8, cargo 33, carrier 1, chemical tanker 17, container 8, liquefied gas 9, passenger 13, passenger/cargo 5, petroleum tanker 7, roll on/roll off 1, vehicle carrier 9
foreign-owned: 80 (Belgium 8, Denmark 4, Germany 13, Greece 5, Italy 10, Japan 9, Mexico 1,Netherlands 1, Norway 1, Spain 15, Sweden 6, Switzerland 3, US 4)
registered in other countries: 14 (Cyprus 2, Malta 3, Panama 9) (2010)
Ports and terminals:
Leixoes, Lisbon, Setubal, Sines    

Source: CIA World Factbook (December 2010)




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