Telecommunications in Western Sahara


Telecommunications in Western Sahara

Telephones - main lines in use: about 2,000 (1999 est.)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 0 (1999)

Telephone system: sparse and limited system
domestic: NA
international: tied into Morocco's system by microwave radio relay, tropospheric scatter, and satellite; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) linked to Rabat, Morocco

Radio broadcast stations: Morocco's state broadcaster RTM operates a radio service from Laayoune; the broadcaster's TV service is also relayed in the territory. RTM website lists AM 711 kHz as Dakhla, not Laayoune. Both located in former Spanish Sahara. Regional service of Radio Laayoune: 2030-0200. On the other side of the political divide, a Polisario-backed mediumwave (AM)and shortwave radio station is on the air. AM 2, FM 0, shortwave 1 (7460 kHz relaying AM 1550 kHz. e.g. in Spanish 2300-0000 UTC)

Unofficial amateur radio stations occasionally operate, using the callsign prefix "S0." This identifier has not been issued by the International Telecommunications Union.

Radios: 56,000 (1997)

Television broadcast stations: NA

Televisions: 6,000 (1997)

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): NA

Country code: EH




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