Telecommunications in Venezuela


Telecommunications in Venezuela

Telephones - main lines in use: 5.82 million (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 23,820,000 (2007)

Telephone system: modern and expanding
domestic: domestic satellite system with 3 earth stations; recent substantial improvement in telephone service in rural areas; substantial increase in digitalization of exchanges and trunk lines; installation of a national interurban fibre-optic network capable of digital multimedia services; fixed-line teledensity, at 16 per 100 persons, is low by regional standards; mobile-cellular subscribership jumped 50 percent in 2006
international: submarine cable systems provide connectivity to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and US; satellite earth stations - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) and 1 PanAmSat; participating with Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in the construction of an international fiber-optic network

Radio broadcast stations: AM 201, FM NA (20 in Caracas), shortwave 11 (1998)

Radios: 10.75 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 66 (plus 45 repeaters) (1997)

Televisions: 4.1 million (1997)

Internet

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 11 (1999)

Internet Hosts: 126,500 (2007)

Internet Users: 5.72 million

Country code (Top level domain): VE

Venezuela has many Internet service providers, although the market is dominated by the now state-owned CANTV.net which offers ADSL and Dialup services. Broadband access Venezuela is provided through ADSL, Cable, Satellite, EDGE, EV-DO, WiFi Hotspots and more recently WiMax. Prices vary from $45 to $60 USD per month for basic broadband plans. Some of the most important providers are:

  • CANTV.net - ADSL/WiFi hotspots and also EV-DO through the Movilnet brand.
  • Intercable - Cable/WiFi Hotspots
  • Movistar - Cable/WLL/EV-DO/UMTS/HSDPA
  • Movilmax - WiMax (Only available in Caracas)

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