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Communications in New Zealand

Telephones - main lines in use: 1.719 million (1995)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 588,000 (1998) 2 Network Operators. GSM, D-AMPS and CDMA systems supported.

Telephone system: excellent international and domestic systems
domestic: Individual lines available to 99% of residences. Electronic exchanges, optical fibre and microwave links between cities and submarine optical fibre cables between North Island and South Island. 2 Network Operators as well as several alternative toll service providers.
international: submarine cables to Australia and Fiji; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 124, FM 290, shortwave 4 (1998)

Radios: 3.75 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 41 (plus 52 medium-power repeaters and over 650 low-power repeaters) (1997)

  • These transmit 4 nationwide free-to-air networks as well as 3 nationwide UHF pay TV networks as well as a few regional or local single transmitter stations.
  • Digital Satellite pay TV is also available and carries most terestrial networks.
  • Cable TV is available in some urban areas in conjunction with telephone services.

Televisions: 1.926 million (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 56 (1999)

Country code (Top level domain): NZ

See also : New Zealand

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