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Costa Rica Communication

Costa Rican telephone, telegraph, and radio systems are owned and operated by both governmental and private firms. Today, the telecommunications infrastructure is improving and telephone lines (fixed and mobile) are more readily available, particularly in business districts, large office buildings and urban areas.

In 2005 there were over 1.388 million main telephone lines available, and 1.101 million cellular phones in use. There were 65 AM and 51 FM radio stations in 2002. In 2002, there were 20 television broadcast stations in Costa Rica. In 2000 there were 816 radios and 231 television sets for every 1,000 people.

Broadband Internet service is available in many areas through cable modem. DSL and ISDN lines are also commonly available. In 2005, there were 1 million internet users, served by two service providers.


Telephones - main lines in use
1.388 million (2005)

Telephones - mobile cellular
1.101 million (2005)

Telephone system
general assessment: the parastatal monopoly provides good domestic telephone service in terms of breadth of coverage; restricted cellular telephone service
domestic: point-to-point and point-to-multi-point microwave, fiber-optic, and coaxial cable link rural areas; Internet service is available
international: country code - 506; connected to Central American Microwave System; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean); 2 submarine cables (2006)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 65, FM 51, shortwave 19 (2002)

Television broadcast stations
20 (plus 43 repeaters) (2002)

Internet country code

Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
2 (1999)

Internet hosts
12,751 (2006)

Internet users
1 million (2005)





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