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    Belarus Communications - 2002

      Telephones - main lines in use 2.313 million (1997)

      Telephones - mobile cellular 8,167 (1997)

      Telephone system
      general assessment: the Ministry of Telecommunications controls all telecommunications through its carrier (a joint stock company) Beltelcom which is a monopoly
      domestic: local - Minsk has a digital metropolitan network and a cellular NMT-450 network; waiting lists for telephones are long; local service outside Minsk is neglected and poor; intercity - Belarus has a partly developed fiber-optic backbone system presently serving at least 13 major cities (1998); Belarus's fiber optics form synchronous digital hierarchy rings through other countries' systems; an inadequate analog system remains operational
      international: Belarus is a member of the Trans-European Line (TEL), Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic line, and has access to the Trans-Siberia Line (TSL); three fiber-optic segments provide connectivity to Latvia, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine; worldwide service is available to Belarus through this infrastructure; additional analog lines to Russia; Intelsat, Eutelsat, and Intersputnik earth stations

      Radio broadcast stations AM 28, FM 37, shortwave 11 (1998)

      Radios 3.02 million (1997)

      Television broadcast stations 47 (plus 27 repeaters) (1995)

      Televisions 2.52 million (1997)

      Internet country code .by

      Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 23 (2002)

      Internet users 180,000 (2001)

      NOTE: The information regarding Belarus on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Belarus Communications 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Belarus Communications 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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