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    India Communications - 2004
    https://immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/india/india_communications.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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

      Telephones - mobile cellular:
      21,991,743 (2003)

      Telephone system:
      general assessment: mediocre service; local and long distance service provided throughout all regions of the country, with services primarily concentrated in the urban areas; major objective is to continue to expand and modernize long-distance network to keep pace with rapidly growing number of local subscriber lines; steady improvement is taking place with the recent admission of private and private-public investors, but, with telephone density at about two for each 100 persons and a waiting list of over 2 million, demand for main line telephone service will not be satisfied for a very long time
      domestic: local service is provided by microwave radio relay and coaxial cable, with open wire and obsolete electromechanical and manual switchboard systems still in use in rural areas; starting in the 1980s, a substantial amount of digital switch gear has been introduced for local and long-distance service; long-distance traffic is carried mostly by coaxial cable and low-capacity microwave radio relay; since 1985, significant trunk capacity has been added in the form of fiber-optic cable and a domestic satellite system with 254 earth stations; mobile cellular service was introduced in 1994 and is organized nation-wide into four metropolitan cities and 19 telecom circles
      international: country code - 91; satellite earth stations - 8 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) and 1 Inmarsat (Indian Ocean region); nine gateway exchanges operating from Mumbai (Bombay), New Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Chennai (Madras), Jalandhar, Kanpur, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, and Ernakulam; 4 submarine cables - LOCOM linking Chennai (Madras) to Penang; Indo-UAE-Gulf cable linking Mumbai (Bombay) to Al Fujayrah, UAE; India-SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-2 with landing sites at Cochin and Mumbai (Bombay); Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) with landing site at Mumbai (Bombay) (2000)

      Radio broadcast stations:
      AM 153, FM 91, shortwave 68 (1998)

      Television broadcast stations:
      562 (of which 82 stations have 1 kW or greater power and 480 stations have less than 1 kW of power) (1997)

      Internet country code:
      .in

      Internet hosts:
      78,595 (2002)

      Internet users:
      16.58 million (2002)


      NOTE: The information regarding India 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 India Communications 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about India Communications 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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