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Ecuador Communication


In 2006, there were over 1.75 million mainline telephones in use, with telephone service operated by the government. In 2007, there were close to 10.09 million cellular phones in use. Between the main cities and towns there are radiotelephone links. Quito is connected by telegraph with Colombia and Peru, and there are telephone and cable connections with all parts of the world.

Ecuador had 392 AM and 35 FM radio stations and 7 television stations as of 2001. In addition to the numerous local stations, there was one central government network, Radio Nacional del Ecuador. In 2000, there were 418 radios and 218 television sets for every 1,000 people. In 2001, 31 internet service providers were serving 180,000 people.


Telephones - main lines in use
1.754 million (2006)

Telephones - mobile cellular
10.086 million (2007)

Telephone system
general assessment: generally elementary but being expanded
domestic: fixed-line services provided by three state-owned enterprises; plans to transfer the state-owned operators to private ownership have repeatedly failed; fixed-line density stands at about 13 per 100 persons; mobile cellular use has surged and has a subscribership of nearly 65 per 100 persons
international: country code - 593; landing point for the PAN-AM submarine telecommunications cable that provides links to the west coast of South America, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and extending onward to Aruba and the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2007)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 392, FM 35, shortwave 29 (2001)

Television broadcast stations
7 (plus 14 repeaters) (2001)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
28,420 (2007)

Internet users
1.549 million (2006)





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