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Venezuela Communication


Venezuela is covered by a network of telephone, telegraph, and radiotelephone services and is also served by international cable and radiotelephone systems. In 1991, the government sold 40% of the state-owned CANTV to a consortium led by GTE. In 1998 there were 3.5 million main telephone lines installed, but only 2.6 million of them were in use. In 2005, there were close to 2.5 million cellular phones in use.

As of 1998, there were 201 AM radio stations and 66 television stations. In 2000 there were 294 radios and 185 television sets for every 1,000 people. In 2005, 3.04 million internet subscribers were served by about 16 service providers.


Telephones - main lines in use
3.605 million (2005)

Telephones - mobile cellular
12.496 million (2005)

Telephone system
general assessment: modern and expanding
domestic: domestic satellite system with 3 earth stations; recent substantial improvement in telephone service in rural areas; substantial increase in digitalisation of exchanges and trunk lines; installation of a national interurban fiber-optic network capable of digital multimedia services
international: country code - 58; 3 submarine coaxial cables; satellite earth stations - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) and 1 PanAmSat; participating with Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in the construction of an international fiber-optic network

Radio broadcast stations
AM 201, FM NA (20 in Caracas), shortwave 11 (1998)

Television broadcast stations
66 (plus 45 repeaters) (1998)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
51,968 (2006)

Internet users
3.04 million (2005)





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