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Albania Communications 2008

Telephones - main lines in use: 353,600 (2005)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 2.3 million (2007)
Telephone system: general assessment: despite new investment in fixed lines, the density of main lines remains low with roughly 10 lines per 100 people; cellular telephone use is widespread and generally effective; combined fixed line and mobile telephone density is approximately 75 telephones per 100 persons domestic: offsetting the shortage of fixed line capacity, mobile phone service has been available since 1996; by 2003, two companies were providing mobile services at a greater density than some of Albania's neighbors; Internet broadband services initiated in 2005; Internet cafes are popular in Tirana and have started to spread outside the capital international: country code - 355; submarine cable provides connectivity to Italy, Croatia, and Greece; the Trans-Balkan Line, a combination submarine cable and land fiber-optic system, provides additional connectivity to Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Turkey; international traffic carried by fiber-optic cable and, when necessary, by microwave radio relay from the Tirana exchange to Italy and Greece (2007)
Radio broadcast stations: AM 13, FM 46, shortwave 1 (2005)
Television broadcast stations: 65 (3 national, 62 local); 2 cable networks (2005)
Internet country code: .al
Internet hosts: 10,162 (2008)
Internet users: 471,200 (2006)

NOTE: The communications information regarding Albania on this page is re-published from the 2008 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Albania Communications 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Albania Communications 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.