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Afghanistan Communications 2008

Telephones - main lines in use: 280,000 (2005)
Telephones - mobile cellular: 5.4 million (2008)
Telephone system: general assessment: limited landline telephone service; an increasing number of Afghans utilize mobile-cellular phone networks in major cities domestic: aided by the presence of multiple providers, mobile-cellular telephone service is improving rapidly international: country code - 93; five VSAT's installed in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar, and Jalalabad provide international and domestic voice and data connectivity (2007)
Radio broadcast stations: AM 21, FM 5, shortwave 1 (broadcasts in Pashto, Dari (Afghan Persian), Urdu, and English) (2006)
Television broadcast stations: at least 7 (1 government-run central television station in Kabul and regional stations in 6 of the 34 provinces) (2006)
Internet country code: .af
Internet hosts: 31 (2008)
Internet users: 580,000 (2007)
Communications - note: Internet access is growing through Internet cafes as well as public "telekiosks" in Kabul (2005)

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