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Barbados Communication


Automatic telephone service is provided by a private firm, the Barbados Telephone Co. Ltd; there were about 150,000 mainline telephones in 2008, with an additional 406,000 cellular phone subscribers. A wireless telephone service provides overseas communications, and a telex cable connects Barbados with the UK. The Congor Bay Earth Station, opened in 1972, links Barbados with the global satellite communications system.

Barbados has a government-controlled television and radio broadcasting service (The Caribbean Broadcasting System – CBS) and a commercial rediffusion service that broadcasts over a cable network. In 2004, there were eight radio stations, six of which were FM and two AM. The country's only television station is also owned by CBS. In 1997, there were about 237,000 radios and 76,000 television sets in use throughout the country.


Telephones - main lines in use :
150,000 (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular :
406,000 (2008)

Telephone system :
general assessment: fixed-line teledensity of roughly 50 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular telephone density approaching 150 per 100 persons
domestic: island-wide automatic telephone system
international: country code - 1-246; landing point for the East Caribbean Fibre System (ECFS) submarine cable with links to 13 other islands in the eastern Caribbean extending from the British Virgin Islands to Trinidad; satellite earth stations - 1 (Intelsat -Atlantic Ocean); tropospheric scatter to Trinidad and Saint Lucia (2008)

Radio broadcast stations :
AM 2, FM 6, shortwave 0 (2004)

Television broadcast stations :
1 (plus 2 cable channels) (2004)

Internet country code :

Internet hosts :
235 (2009)

Internet users :
188,000 (2008)





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