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Pakistan Communications

    Telephones: 2.828 million (1998)

    Telephone system: the domestic system is mediocre, but improving; service is adequate for government and business use, in part because major businesses have established their own private systems; since 1988, the government has promoted investment in the national telecommunications system on a priority basis, significantly increasing network capacity; despite major improvements in trunk and urban systems, telecommunication services are still not readily available to the majority of the rural population
    domestic: microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, fiber-optic cable, cellular, and satellite
    international: satellite earth stations—3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean); 3 operational international gateway exchanges (1 at Karachi and 2 at Islamabad); microwave radio relay to neighboring countries

    Radio broadcast stations: AM 26, FM 3, shortwave 18 (1998 est.)

    Radios: 10.2 million (1998 est.)

    Television broadcast stations: 22 (in addition, there are seven low-power repeaters) (1997)

    Televisions: 2.08 million (1998 est.)

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