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Hungary Communications

    Telephones: 2.16 million (267,000 cellular telephone subscribers) (1996)

    Telephone system: 14,213 telex lines; automatic telephone network based on microwave radio relay system; the average waiting time for telephones is expected to drop to one year by the end of 1997 (down from over 10 years in the early 1990s); note—the former state-owned telecommunications firm MATAV—now privatized and managed by a US/German consortium—has ambitious plans to upgrade the inadequate system, including a contract with the German firm Siemens and the Swedish firm Ericsson to provide 600,000 new telephone lines
    domestic: microwave radio relay
    international: satellite earth stations—1 Intelsat and 1 Intersputnik (Atlantic Ocean region)

    Radio broadcast stations: AM 32, FM 15, shortwave 0

    Radios: 6 million (1993 est.)

    Television broadcast stations: 39 (in addition, there are low-power stations) (1997)

    Televisions: 4.38 million (1993 est.)

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