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    China Communications - 2004

      Telephones - main lines in use:
      214.42 million (2002)

      Telephones - mobile cellular:
      206.62 million (2002)

      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)

      Radio broadcast stations:
      AM 369, FM 259, shortwave 45 (1998)

      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:

      Internet hosts:
      156,531 (2002)

      Internet users:
      59.1 million (2002)

      NOTE: The information regarding China on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of China Communications 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about China Communications 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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