International postal service was inaugurated in 1963; there are direct postal, telex, and microwave links to India. In 2009, there were 26,300 main lines in used and 327,100 mobile cellular users.
In 1998, there was only one radio station. It is government-owned and includes broadcasts in Dzongkha, Nepali, English, and Sharchop. From 1989 to 1999, the government had imposed a ban on private television reception. Television broadcasting was reintroduced to the country in 1999 through the government's creation of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service, which broadcasts locally produced and foreign programs. The same year, the government allowed for the licensing of cable companies. In 2001, there were about 10,000 cable subscribers.
Druknet (owned by Bhutan Telecom), the nations first internet service provider was also established in 1999. It provides a dial-up service, at a reasonable cost. Despite the ISP's excellent anti-virus software, subscribers are frequently targets for virus attacks from outside the country. By the end of 2009, there were about 50,000 internet subscribers, including internet cafés in three major cities. In 1997, the country had an estimated 11 radios per 1,000 population.
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general assessment: urban towns and district headquarters have telecommunications services
domestic: low teledensity; domestic service is poor especially in rural areas; mobile-cellular service available since 2003
international: country code - 975; international telephone and telegraph service via landline and microwave relay through India; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (2009)
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state-owned TV station established in 1999; cable TV service offers dozens of Indian and other international channels; first radio station, privately launched in 1973, is now state-owned; 1 private radio station began operations in 2006 (2007)
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