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Communications in Australia

Australia's major telecommunications provider is the government-owned corporation, Telstra (short for Telecom Australia). Other telephone carriers include Optus (owned by Singtel), AAPT (owned by Telecom New Zealand) and Vodafone.

Telephones - main lines in use: 92 million (1995)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 5.29 million (1998)

Telephone system: excellent domestic and international service
domestic: domestic satellite system
international: submarine cables to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia; satellite earth stations - 10 Intelsat (4 Indian Ocean and 6 Pacific Ocean), 2 Inmarsat (Indian and Pacific Ocean regions)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 262, FM 345, shortwave 1 (1998)

Radios: 25.5 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 104 (1997)

Television broadcast networks (metropolitan): 5 (ABC, 7, 9, 10 & SBS)

Cable & Satellite Television Companies 3 (Foxtel, Optus and Austar)

Televisions: 10.15 million (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 709 (1999)

Country code: AU

Reference Much of the material in this article comes from the CIA World Factbook 2000.

See also : Australia



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