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Estonia Communications

Though the telecommunications system has had recent improvements in the form of foreign investment through business ventures, There are still thousands of residents on waiting lists for service lines, with the average wait for service at about 1.4 years in 2000. As of 2008, there were 498,100 main line telephones in the country and 2.525 million mobile cellular phones.

Estonian Radio began regular broadcasting in 1926. In 1937, the highest radio tower in Europe (196.7m) was built in Türi. In the 1970s, Estonian Radio was the first in the former Soviet Union to carry advertising. Estonian television began broadcasting in 1955, and started colour broadcasts in 1972. It broadcasts on four channels in Estonian and Russian. As of 2007, there were 328 FM radio stations and 4 television stations. About 90 out of every 1,000 people subscribed to cable television. In 1997, there were 1,096 radios and 591 television sets per 1,000 people.

In 2000, there were about 153 personal computers per 1,000 people. In 2008, there were 888,100 Internet users.


Telephones - main lines in use
498,100 (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular
2.525 million (2008)

Telephone system
general assessment: foreign investment in the form of joint business ventures greatly improved telephone service; substantial fibre-optic cable systems carry telephone, TV, and radio traffic in the digital mode; Internet services are widely available; schools and libraries are connected to the Internet, a large percentage of the population files income-tax returns online, and online voting was used for the first time in the 2005 local elections
domestic: a wide range of high quality voice, data, and Internet services is available throughout the country
international: country code - 372; fibre-optic cables to Finland, Sweden, Latvia, and Russia provide worldwide packet-switched service; 2 international switches are located in Tallinn (2008)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 0, FM 32, shortwave 0 (2007)

Television broadcast stations
4 (2007)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
706,449 (2009)

Internet users
888,100 (2008)




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