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General

International communications links are via leased connection to the Moscow international gateway switch and the Finnish cellular network. In 2008, there were 644,000 main line telephones and 2.234 million mobile cellular phones.

The Committee for Television and Radio controls broadcasting. Domestic and international programming in Latvian, Russian, Swedish, English, and German is broadcast by Latvian Radio. In 2008, there were 8 AM and 62 FM stations. Latvian State Television broadcasts on two channels, and there are several independent television stations with daily broadcasts. Cable and satellite services are available, and foreign broadcasts can also be seen. In that same year, there were 37 television broadcast stations. In 2000, there were about 695 radios and 789 television sets for every 1,000 people. About 77 of every 1,000 people subscribed to cable television.

Also in 2008, there were 1.254 million Internet users.

Overview

Telephones - main lines in use :
644,000 (2008)

Telephones - mobile cellular :
2.234 million (2008)

Telephone system :
general assessment: recent efforts focused on bringing competition to the telecommunications sector; the number of fixed lines is decreasing as wireless telephone service expands
domestic: number of telecommunications operators has grown rapidly since the fixed-line market opened to competition in 2003; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular subscribership exceeds 125 per 100 persons
international: country code - 371; the Latvian network is now connected via fibre-optic cable to Estonia, Finland, and Sweden (2008)

Radio broadcast stations :
AM 8, FM 62, shortwave 1 (2008)

Television broadcast stations :
37 (plus 31 repeaters) (2008)

Internet country code :
.lv

Internet hosts :
257,414 (2009)

Internet users :
1.254 million (2008)