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Communications in Paraguay


Paraguay has the lowest fixed-line telephone density in South America, with five lines per 100 residents, compared with 6.5 per 100 in Bolivia and more than 20 per 100 in Brazil and Argentina. Only 6% of the population has access to a landline connection. The state-owned Corporación Paraguaya de Comunicaciones (Copaco) is known for inefficiency and over staffing. Privatisation was attempted in 2002, but failed in the midst of the banking scandal. Paraguay’s meagre telephone network has resulted in rapid growth for mobile phone companies. In 2004 mobile coverage for the country reached 34%. Four companies dominate the industry. As of 2012, there were 6.79 million mobile telephones in Paraguay.

There were 75 commercial and community radio stations in Paraguay as of 2010, including the official stations, Radio Nacional of Asunción and Radio Encarnación, and the Catholic Radio Caritas. Paraguay had six privately owned television stations in 2010. In 2000, there were 182 radios and 218 television sets for every 1,000 people.

In 2009, there were over 1.1 million internet users in Paraguay.


Telephones - main lines in use : 376,000 (2012)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 6.79 million (2012)
Telephone system : general assessment: the fixed-line market is a state monopoly and fixed-line telephone service is meagre; principal switching centre is in Asunción

domestic: deficiencies in provision of fixed-line service have resulted in a rapid expansion of mobile-cellular services fostered by competition among multiple providers

international: country code - 595; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2010)
Broadcast media : 6 privately owned TV stations; about 75 commercial and community radio stations; 1 state-owned radio network (2010)
Internet country code : .py
Internet hosts : 280,658 (2012)
Internet users : 1.105 million (2009)






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