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Encyclopedia > Communications in New Zealand

Communications in New Zealand are fairly typical for an industrialized nation.



  • Main lines in use: 1.92 million (2000)
  • Telephones - mobile cellular:
    • 2.2 million (2000) Two network operators. GSM, D-AMPS and CDMA systems supported.
  • Telephone system: Excellent international and domestic systems



  • Television broadcast stations: 41 (plus 52 medium-power repeaters and over 650 low-power repeaters) (1997)
    • These transmit 4 nationwide free-to-air networks as well as 3 nationwide UHF pay TV networks and a few regional or local single transmitter stations.
    • Digital Satellite pay TV is also available and carries most terrestrial networks.
    • Cable TV is available in some urban areas in conjunction with telephone services.
    • See also: List of New Zealand television channels
  • Televisions: 1.926 million (1997)



Much of the material in this article comes from the CIA World Factbook, 2003 edition.

See also: New Zealand

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