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China Communication
Telephones - main lines in use:
263 million (2003)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
269 million (2003)
Telephone system:
general assessment: domestic and international services are increasingly available for private use; unevenly distributed domestic system serves principal cities, industrial centers, and many towns
domestic: interprovincial fiber-optic trunk lines and cellular telephone systems have been installed; a domestic satellite system with 55 earth stations is in place
international: country code - 86; satellite earth stations - 5 Intelsat (4 Pacific Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean), 1 Intersputnik (Indian Ocean region) and 1 Inmarsat (Pacific and Indian Ocean regions); several international fiber-optic links to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Russia, and Germany (2000)
Radios:
417 million (1997)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 369, FM 259, shortwave 45 (1998)
Televisions:
400 million (1997)
Television broadcast stations:
3,240 (of which 209 are operated by China Central Television, 31 are provincial TV stations and nearly 3,000 are local city stations) (1997)
Internet country code:
.cn
Internet hosts:
160,421 (2003)
Internet users:
79.5 million (2003)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
3 (2000)
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