Telecommunications in Andorra


Telecommunications in Andorra

The telephone system in Andorra, including mobile, data and Internet is operated exclusively by the Andorran national telecommunications company, Andorra Telecom, formerly known as Servei de Telecomunicacions d'Andorra (STA), which operates with the brand SOM. The same company is also responsible for managing the technical infrastructure and national broadcasting networks for radio and television, both analogue and digital.

At one time, Andorra shared the country code of France (+33), and also had a special routing code for calls from Spain, but now has its own country calling code, 376.

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Telephone

Telephones - main lines in use: 37,200 (2007)
country comparison to the world: 171

Telephones - mobile cellular: 68,500 (2007)
country comparison to the world: 187

Telephone system:
domestic: modern system with microwave radio relay connections between exchanges
international: landline circuits to France and Spain

Radio

Radio broadcast stations: AM 0, FM 1, shortwave 0 (easy access to radio and television broadcasts originating in France and Spain) (2007)

There are two abandoned high power mediumwave broadcasting facilities, situated at Encamp and on Pic Blanc.

Radios: 16,000 (1997)

Television

Television broadcast stations: 1 (2007)

Televisions: 27,000 (1997)

As announced on 25 September 2007 all analogue transmissions ceased. Television services are now provided by Televisió Digital Terrestre (TDT), which as well as broadcasting the one Andorran channel, broadcasts channels from Spain and France. [1]

Internet

Internet access is available only through the national telephone company, SOM (formerly STA). Access was first provided in the 1990s by dial-up, but this has since been mostly replaced throughout the country by ADSL at a fixed speed of 2 Mbit/s, and in metropolitan areas of the country by Fibre-Optic to the Home at a fixed speed of 100 Mbit/s. The whole country will have Fibre-Optic to the Home at a minimum speed of 100 Mbit/s by 2010.[1]

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1

Internet hosts: 23,368 (2008)
country comparison to the world: 90

Internet users: 58,900 (2007)
country comparison to the world: 161

Country codes: AD (1997)

Country calling code: 376

See also

References

  1. ^ SOM Newsletter, March 2009.




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