Bulgaria



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Bulgaria Communications 2008

Telephones - main lines in use: 2.3 million (2007)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 9.897 million (2007)
Telephone system: general assessment: an extensive but antiquated telecommunications network inherited from the Soviet era; quality has improved; the Bulgaria Telecommunications Company's fixed-line monopoly terminated in 2005 when alternative fixed-line operators were given access to its network; a drop in fixed-line connections in recent years has been more than offset by a sharp increase in mobile-cellular telephone use fostered by multiple service providers; the number of cellular telephone subscriptions now exceeds the population domestic: a fairly modern digital cable trunk line now connects switching centers in most of the regions; the others are connected by digital microwave radio relay international: country code - 359; submarine cable provides connectivity to Ukraine and Russia; a combination submarine cable and land fiber-optic system provides connectivity to Italy, Albania, and Macedonia; satellite earth stations - 3 (1 Intersputnik in the Atlantic Ocean region, 2 Intelsat in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions) (2007)
Radio broadcast stations: AM 31, FM 63, shortwave 2 (2001)
Television broadcast stations: 39 (plus 1,242 repeaters) (2001)
Internet country code: .bg
Internet hosts: 513,470 (2008)
Internet users: 1.899 million (2007)

NOTE: The communications information regarding Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria Communications 2008 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Bulgaria Communications 2008 should be addressed to the CIA.