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South Africa Communications

    Telephones: 4.2 million (1997)

    Telephone system: the system is the best developed, most modern, and has the highest capacity in Africa
    domestic: consists of carrier-equipped open-wire lines, coaxial cables, microwave radio relay links, fiber-optic cable, and radiotelephone communication stations; key centers are Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria
    international: 1 submarine cable; satellite earth stations—3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean)

    Radio broadcast stations: AM 15, FM 164, shortwave 1

    Radios: 7.5 million (1999 est.)

    Television broadcast stations: 556 (includes 156 network stations and 400 privately-owned low-power stations; in addition, there are 144 network repeaters) (1997)

    Televisions: 7.5 million

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