Communications in Russia

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The telecommunications system has undergone significant changes in the 1990s resulting in more than 1,000 companies licensed to offer communication services today. There are currently 25.019 million (1995) telephone main lines and 100 million (2006) mobile cellular telephones in use.

The telephone systems in the 60 regional capitals have modern digital infrastructures; cellular services, both analog and digital, are available in many areas. In the rural areas, the telephone services are still outdated, inadequate, and low density.

Internet and e-mail services are gradually improving. Cross-country digital trunk lines run from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok, and from Moscow to Novorossiysk.

Russia is connected internationally by three undersea fiber-optic cables; digital switches in several cities provide more than 50,000 lines for international calls; satellite earth stations provide access to Intelsat, Intersputnik, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, and Orbita.

There are currently 61.5 million radios in Russia utilizing the Radio broadcast stations: AM 420, FM 447, shortwave 56 (1998).

There are currently 60.5 million televisions in Russia utilizing the 7,306 broadcast stations (1998).

There are 83 Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Russia and Kazakhstan combined (1999).

Country code (Top level domain): RU (Also SU - left from Soviet Union)

Communications in Russia

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