Country ranking for field: telephone system general assessment 2001

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The WorldWorldNA
1flag of Johnston AtollJohnston Atoll13 
2flag of AfghanistanAfghanistanvery limited telephone and telegraph service 
3flag of ParaguayParaguaymeager telephone service; principal switching center is Asuncion 
4flag of NigeriaNigeriaan inadequate system further limited by poor maintenance; major expansion is required and a start has been made 
5flag of NiueNiueprimitive system 
6flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk Islandadequate 
7flag of North KoreaNorth KoreaNA 
8flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsNA 
9flag of NorwayNorwaymodern in all respects; one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in Europe 
10flag of OmanOmanmodern system consisting of open wire microwave and radiotelephone communication stations; limited coaxial cable 
11flag of PakistanPakistanthe domestic system is mediocre but improving; service is adequate for government and business use in part because major businesses have established their own private systems; since 1988 the government has promoted investment in the national telecommunications system on a priority basis significantly increasing network capacity; despite major improvements in trunk and urban systems telecommunication services are still not readily available to the majority of the rural population 
12flag of PalauPalauNA 
13flag of PanamaPanamadomestic and international facilities well developed 
14flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guineaservices are adequate and being improved; facilities provide radiotelephone and telegraph coastal radio aeronautical radio and international radio communication services 
15flag of PhilippinesPhilippinesgood international radiotelephone and submarine cable services; domestic and interisland service adequate 
16flag of PeruPeruadequate for most requirements 
17flag of NicaraguaNicaraguainadequate system being upgraded by foreign investment 
18flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn Islandsonly party line telephone service is available for this small closely related community 
19flag of PolandPoland0 
20flag of PortugalPortugalundergoing rapid development in recent years Portugal's telephone system by the end of 1998 achieved a state-of-the-art network with broadband high-speed capabilities and a main line telephone density of 53% 
21flag of Puerto RicoPuerto Ricomodern system integrated with that of the US by high-capacity submarine cable and Intelsat with high-speed data capability 
22flag of QatarQatarmodern system centered in Doha 
23flag of RomaniaRomaniapoor domestic service but improving 
24flag of RussiaRussiathe telephone system has undergone significant changes in the 1990s; there are more than 1000 companies licensed to offer communication services; access to digital lines has improved particularly in urban centers; Internet and e-mail services are improving; Russia has made progress toward building the telecommunications infrastructure necessary for a market economy; however a large demand for main line service remains unsatisfied 
25flag of RwandaRwandatelephone system primarily serves business and government 
26flag of RéunionRéunionadequate system; principal center is Saint-Denis 
27flag of Saint HelenaSaint Helenacan communicate with any place in the world 
28flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevisgood interisland and international connections 
29flag of NigerNigersmall system of wire radio telephone communications and microwave radio relay links concentrated in the southwestern area of Niger 
30flag of New ZealandNew Zealandexcellent domestic and international systems 
31flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadinesadequate system 
32flag of MauritaniaMauritanialimited system of cable and open-wire lines minor microwave radio relay links and radiotelephone communications stations 
33flag of LuxembourgLuxembourghighly developed completely automated and efficient system mainly buried cables 
34flag of MacauMacaufairly modern communication facilities maintained for domestic and international services 
35flag of MacedoniaMacedoniaNA 
36flag of MadagascarMadagascarsystem is above average for the region 
37flag of MalawiMalawiNA 
38flag of MalaysiaMalaysiamodern system; international service excellent 
39flag of MaldivesMaldivesminimal domestic and international facilities 
40flag of MaliMalidomestic system poor but improving; provides only minimal service 
41flag of MaltaMaltaautomatic system satisfies normal requirements 
42flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islandstelex services 
43flag of MartiniqueMartiniquedomestic facilities are adequate 
44flag of MauritiusMauritiussmall system with good service 
45flag of New CaledoniaNew CaledoniaNA 
46flag of MayotteMayottesmall system administered by French Department of Posts and Telecommunications 
47flag of MexicoMexicolow telephone density with about 11 main lines per 100 persons; privatized in December 1990; the opening to competition in January 1997 has brightened prospects for development 
48flag of MoldovaMoldovainadequate outmoded poor service outside Chisinau some effort to modernize is under way 
49flag of MonacoMonacomodern automatic telephone system 
50flag of MongoliaMongoliavery low density: about 3.5 telephones for each thousand persons 
51flag of MoroccoMoroccomodern system with all important capabilities; however density is low with only 4.6 main lines available for each 100 persons 
52flag of MozambiqueMozambiquefair system but not available generally 
53flag of MyanmarMyanmarmeets minimum requirements for local and intercity service for business and government; international service is good 
54flag of NamibiaNamibiagood system; about 6 telephones for each 100 persons 
55flag of NauruNauruadequate local and international radiotelephone communications provided via Australian facilities 
56flag of NepalNepalpoor telephone and telegraph service; fair radiotelephone communication service and mobile cellular telephone network 
57flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antillesgenerally adequate facilities 
58flag of Saint LuciaSaint Luciaadequate system 
59flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and Miquelonadequate 
60flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinautomatic telephone system 
61flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emiratesmodern fiber-optic integrated services; digital network with rapidly growing use of mobile cellular telephones; key centers are Abu Dhabi and Dubai 
62flag of TogoTogofair system based on a network of microwave radio relay routes supplemented by open-wire lines and a mobile cellular system 
63flag of TokelauTokelauadequate 
64flag of TongaTongaNA 
65flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobagoexcellent international service; good local service 
66flag of TunisiaTunisiaabove the African average and continuing to be upgraded; key centers are Sfax Sousse Bizerte and Tunis; Internet access available 
67flag of TurkeyTurkeyundergoing rapid modernization and expansion especially cellular telephones 
68flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanpoorly developed 
69flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islandsfair cable and radiotelephone services 
70flag of TuvaluTuvaluserves particular needs for internal communications 
71flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin IslandsNA 
72flag of UgandaUgandaseriously inadequate; two cellular systems have been introduced but a sharp increase in the number of main lines is essential; e-mail and Internet services are available 
73flag of UkraineUkraineUkraine's telecommunication development plan running through 2005 emphasizes improving domestic trunk lines international connections and the mobile cellular system 
74flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdomtechnologically advanced domestic and international system 
75flag of The GambiaThe Gambiaadequate; a packet switched data network is available 
76flag of United StatesUnited Statesa very large technologically advanced multipurpose communications system 
77flag of UruguayUruguaysome modern facilities 
78flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanantiquated and inadequate; in serious need of modernization 
79flag of VanuatuVanuatuNA 
80flag of VenezuelaVenezuelamodern and expanding 
81flag of VietnamVietnamVietnam is putting considerable effort into modernization and expansion of its telecommunication system but its performance continues to lag behind that of its more modern neighbors 
82flag of Wake IslandWake Islandsatellite communications; 1 DSN circuit off the Overseas Telephone System 
83flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNA 
84flag of West BankWest BankNA 
85flag of Western SaharaWestern Saharasparse and limited system 
86flag of YemenYemensince unification in 1990 efforts have been made to create a national telecommunications network 
87flag of ZambiaZambiafacilities are among the best in Sub-Saharan Africa 
88flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlandshighly developed and well maintained 
89flag of The BahamasThe Bahamasmodern facilities 
90flag of SamoaSamoaadequate 
91flag of South KoreaSouth Koreaexcellent domestic and international services 
92flag of San MarinoSan Marinoadequate connections 
93flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabiamodern system 
94flag of SenegalSenegalgood system 
95flag of SeychellesSeychelleseffective system 
96flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leonemarginal telephone and telegraph service 
97flag of SingaporeSingaporemajor consideration given to serving business interests; excellent international service 
98flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaa modernization and privatization program is increasing accessibility to telephone service reducing the waiting time for new subscribers and generally improving service quality 
99flag of SloveniaSloveniaNA 
100flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon IslandsNA 
101flag of SomaliaSomaliathe public telecommunications system was completely destroyed or dismantled by the civil war factions; all relief organizations depend on their own private systems 
102flag of South AfricaSouth Africathe system is the best developed and most modern in Africa 
103flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsNA 
104flag of SpainSpaingenerally adequate modern facilities; teledensity is 44 main lines for each 100 persons 
105flag of ThailandThailandservice to general public adequate but investment in technological upgrades reduced by recession; bulk of service to government activities provided by multichannel cable and microwave radio relay network 
106flag of Sri LankaSri Lankavery inadequate domestic service particularly in rural areas; some hope for improvement with privatization of national telephone company and encouragement to private investment; good international service 
107flag of SudanSudanlarge well-equipped system by regional standards and being upgraded; cellular communications started in 1996 and have expanded substantially 
108flag of SurinameSurinameinternational facilities are good 
109flag of SvalbardSvalbardprobably adequate 
110flag of SwazilandSwazilandnot a modern system 
111flag of SwedenSwedenexcellent domestic and international facilities; automatic system 
112flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandexcellent domestic and international services 
113flag of SyriaSyriafair system currently undergoing significant improvement and digital upgrades including fiber-optic technology 
114flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipeadequate facilities 
115flag of TaiwanTaiwanprovides telecommunications service for every business and private need 
116flag of TajikistanTajikistanpoorly developed and not well maintained; many towns are not reached by the national network 
117flag of TanzaniaTanzaniafair system operating below capacity and being modernized for better service; VSAT 
118flag of LithuaniaLithuaniainadequate but is being modernized to provide an improved international capability and better residential access 
119flag of LiberiaLiberiatelephone and telegraph service via microwave radio relay network; main center is Monrovia 
120flag of LibyaLibyatelecommunications system is being modernized; mobile cellular telephone system became operational in 1996 
121flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandNA 
122flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Fasoall services only fair 
123flag of BurundiBurundiprimitive system 
124flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verdeeffective system being improved 
125flag of CambodiaCambodiaadequate landline and/or cellular service in Phnom Penh and other provincial cities; rural areas have little telephone service 
126flag of CameroonCameroonavailable only to business and government 
127flag of CanadaCanadaexcellent service provided by modern technology 
128flag of Cayman IslandsCayman IslandsNA 
129flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republicfair system 
130flag of ChadChadprimitive system 
131flag of ChileChilemodern system based on extensive microwave radio relay facilities 
132flag of ChinaChinadomestic and international services are increasingly available for private use; unevenly distributed domestic system serves principal cities industrial centers and many towns 
133flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsNA 
134flag of BruneiBruneiservice throughout country is excellent; international service good to Europe US and East Asia 
135flag of ColombiaColombiamodern system in many respects 
136flag of ComorosComorossparse system of microwave radio relay and HF radiotelephone communication stations 
137flag of CongoCongoservices barely adequate for government use; key exchanges are in Brazzaville Pointe-Noire and Loubomo; intercity lines frequently out-of-order 
138flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsNA 
139flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricavery good domestic telephone service 
140flag of CroatiaCroatiaNA 
141flag of CubaCubaNA 
142flag of CyprusCyprusexcellent in both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot areas 
143flag of Czech RepublicCzech Republicprivatization and modernization of the Czech telecommunication system got a late start but is advancing steadily; growth in the use of mobile cellular telephones is particularly vigorous 
144flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoirewell developed by African standards but operating well below capacity 
145flag of Democratic Republic of the CongoDemocratic Republic of the CongoNA 
146flag of DenmarkDenmarkexcellent telephone and telegraph services 
147flag of BulgariaBulgariaextensive but antiquated 
148flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islandsworldwide telephone service 
149flag of DominicaDominicaNA 
150flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijaninadequate; requires considerable expansion and modernization; teledensity of 8.6 main lines per 100 persons is very low 
151flag of AlgeriaAlgeriatelephone density in Algeria is very low not exceeding five telephones per 100 persons; the number of fixed main lines has been increased in the last few years to a little more than 2000000 but only about two-thirds of these have subscribers; much of the infrastructure is outdated and inefficient 
152flag of American SamoaAmerican SamoaNA 
153flag of AndorraAndorraNA 
154flag of AngolaAngolatelephone service limited mostly to government and business use; HF radiotelephone used extensively for military links 
155flag of AnguillaAnguillaNA 
156flag of AntarcticaAntarcticaNA 
157flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and BarbudaNA 
158flag of ArgentinaArgentinaby opening the telecommunications market to competition and foreign investment with the 'Telecommunications Liberalization Plan of 1998' Argentina encouraged the growth of modern telecommunication technology; fiber-optic cable trunk lines are being installed between all major cities; the major networks are entirely digital and the availability of telephone service is being improved; however telephone density is presently minimal and making telephone service universally available will take some time 
159flag of ArmeniaArmeniasystem inadequate; now 90% privately owned and undergoing modernization and expansion 
160flag of ArubaArubaNA 
161flag of AustraliaAustraliaexcellent domestic and international service 
162flag of AustriaAustriahighly developed and efficient 
163flag of BahrainBahrainmodern system 
164flag of British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean Territoryseparate facilities for military and public needs are available 
165flag of BangladeshBangladeshtotally inadequate for a modern country 
166flag of BarbadosBarbadosNA 
167flag of BelarusBelarusthe Ministry of Telecommunications controls all telecommunications through its carrier 
168flag of BelgiumBelgiumhighly developed technologically advanced and completely automated domestic and international telephone and telegraph facilities 
169flag of BelizeBelizeabove-average system 
170flag of BeninBeninNA 
171flag of BermudaBermudaNA 
172flag of BhutanBhutanNA 
173flag of BoliviaBolivianew subscribers face bureaucratic difficulties; most telephones are concentrated in La Paz and other cities; mobile cellular telephone use expanding rapidly 
174flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovinatelephone and telegraph network is in need of modernization and expansion; many urban areas are below average when compared with services in other former Yugoslav republics 
175flag of BotswanaBotswanasparse system 
176flag of BrazilBrazilgood working system 
177flag of DjiboutiDjiboutitelephone facilities in the city of Djibouti are adequate as are the microwave radio relay connections to outlying areas of the country 
178flag of Dominican RepublicDominican RepublicNA 
179flag of AlbaniaAlbaniaAlbania has the poorest telephone service in Europe with fewer than two telephones per 100 inhabitants; it is doubtful that every village has telephone service 
180flag of IsraelIsraelmost highly developed system in the Middle East although not the largest 
181flag of HaitiHaitidomestic facilities barely adequate; international facilities slightly better 
182flag of Holy SeeHoly Seeautomatic exchange 
183flag of HondurasHondurasinadequate system 
184flag of Hong KongHong Kongmodern facilities provide excellent domestic and international services 
185flag of HungaryHungarythe telephone system has been modernized and is capable of satisfying all requests for telecommunication service 
186flag of IcelandIcelandadequate domestic service 
187flag of IndiaIndia0 
188flag of IndonesiaIndonesiadomestic service fair international service good 
189flag of IranIraninadequate but currently being modernized and expanded with the goal of not only improving the efficiency and increasing the volume of the urban service but also bringing telephone service to several thousand villages not presently connected 
190flag of IraqIraqreconstitution of damaged telecommunication facilities began after the Gulf war; most damaged facilities have been rebuilt 
191flag of IrelandIrelandmodern digital system using cable and microwave radio relay 
192flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManNA 
193flag of ItalyItalymodern well developed fast; fully automated telephone telex and data services 
194flag of GuineaGuineapoor to fair system of open-wire lines small radiotelephone communication stations and new microwave radio relay system 
195flag of JamaicaJamaicafully automatic domestic telephone network 
196flag of JapanJapanexcellent domestic and international service 
197flag of JordanJordanservice has improved recently with the increased use of digital switching equipment but better access to the telephone system is needed in the rural areas and easier access to pay telephones is needed by the urban public 
198flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanservice is poor; equipment antiquated 
199flag of KenyaKenyaunreliable; little attempt to modernize except for service to business 
200flag of KiribatiKiribatiNA 
201flag of KuwaitKuwaitthe quality of service is excellent 
202flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanpoorly developed; about 100000 unsatisfied applications for household telephones 
203flag of LaosLaosservice to general public is poor but improving with over 20000 telephones currently in service and an additional 48000 expected by 2001; the government relies on a radiotelephone network to communicate with remote areas 
204flag of LatviaLatviainadequate but is being modernized to provide an international capability independent of the Moscow international switch; more facilities are being installed for individual use 
205flag of LebanonLebanontelecommunications system severely damaged by civil war; rebuilding well underway 
206flag of LesothoLesothorudimentary system 
207flag of GuyanaGuyanafair system for long-distance calling 
208flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissausmall system 
209flag of EcuadorEcuadorNA 
210flag of French GuianaFrench GuianaNA 
211flag of EgyptEgyptlarge system; underwent extensive upgrading during 1990s and is reasonably modern; Internet access and cellular service are available 
212flag of El SalvadorEl SalvadorNA 
213flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guineapoor system with adequate government services 
214flag of EritreaEritreaNA 
215flag of EstoniaEstoniaforeign investment in the form of joint business ventures greatly improved telephone service; Internet services available throughout most of the country; about 150000 unfilled subscriber requests 
216flag of EthiopiaEthiopiaopen wire and microwave radio relay system adequate for government use 
217flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsNA 
218flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islandsgood international communications; good domestic facilities 
219flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesiaadequate system 
220flag of FijiFijimodern local interisland and international 
221flag of FinlandFinlandmodern system with excellent service 
222flag of FranceFrancehighly developed 
223flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaNA 
224flag of GuernseyGuernseyNA 
225flag of GabonGabonNA 
226flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNA 
227flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaNA 
228flag of GermanyGermanyGermany has one of the world's most technologically advanced telecommunications systems; as a result of intensive capital expenditures since reunification the formerly backward system of the eastern part of the country has been modernized and integrated with that of the western part 
229flag of GhanaGhanapoor to fair system; Internet accessible; many rural communities not yet connected; expansion of services is underway 
230flag of GibraltarGibraltaradequate automatic domestic system and adequate international facilities 
231flag of GreeceGreeceadequate modern networks reach all areas; good mobile telephone and international service 
232flag of GreenlandGreenlandadequate domestic and international service provided by satellite cables and microwave radio relay; totally digitalized in 1995 
233flag of GrenadaGrenadaautomatic islandwide telephone system 
234flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupedomestic facilities inadequate 
235flag of GuamGuammodern system integrated with US facilities for direct dialing including free use of 800 numbers 
236flag of GuatemalaGuatemalafairly modern network centered in the city of Guatemala 
237flag of ZimbabweZimbabwesystem was once one of the best in Africa but now suffers from poor maintenance; more than 100000 outstanding requests for connection despite an equally large number of installed but unused main lines 

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