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Communications in Guatemala


Except for a few privately controlled facilities, the government owns and operates the postal, telephone and telegraph services. In 2011, there were almost 1.63 million mainline telephones in use with an additional 20.716 million cellular phones.

The Guatemalan Telecommunications Enterprise provides international radiotelegraph and radiotelephone service. As of 2000 there were 130 AM and 487 FM radio stations. In 2001, there were four television stations, all owned by the same Mexican citizen, who has a political preference for the FRG. In 2000, there 79 radios and 61 television sets for every 1,000 people. There were around 2.279 million internet users in 2009.


Telephones - main lines in use
1.626 million (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular
20.716 million (2011)

Telephone system
general assessment: fairly modern network centred in the city of Guatemala
domestic: state-owned telecommunications company privatised in the late 1990s opening the way for competition; fixed-line teledensity 11 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity approaching 60 per 100 persons
international: country code - 502; landing point for both the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) and the SAM-1 fibre optic submarine cable system that together provide connectivity to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the US; connected to Central American Microwave System; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Broadcast media
4 privately owned national terrestrial TV channels dominate TV broadcasting; multi-channel satellite and cable services are available; 1 government-owned radio station and hundreds of privately owned radio stations (2007)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
357,552 (2012)

Internet users
2.279 million (2009)





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