Communications in Taiwan

Communications in Taiwan

Communications in Taiwan comprise the following communication media, deployed on Taiwan and the outlying islands of Taiwan and regulated by the Taiwanese Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Since the mid-1970s there has been an accelerating shift from traditional personal services (small shops and restaurants) to modern personal services (department stores and hotels) and modern commercial services (finance and communications).

Domestic television has long carried many foreign programs, and liberalization of import restrictions in the 1980s brought more.

There are about 30 daily newspapers and thousands of periodicals, many of the latter house organs of various political and non-political organizations. The government sets general guidelines for the political and cultural content of newspapers and periodicals. There are three television stations and about 30 radio broadcasting companies with more than 180 stations.


Telephones - main lines in use:13.03 million (October 2002)

Telephones - mobile cellular:22.43 million (Jun 2002)

Telephone system:
"domestic:"provides modern telecommunications service for every business and private need; completely digitalized
satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Pacific Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean); submarine cables to Japan (Okinawa), Philippines, Guam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Middle East, and Western Europe (1999)
* Major cellular operators: Chunghwa Telecom, FarEasTone, KGT Online, Taiwan GSM, Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless Communication Inc (APBW), Vibo, Aurora


Radio broadcast stations:
AM 218, FM 333, shortwave 50 (1999)

Radios:16 million (1994)


Television broadcast stations:29 (plus two repeaters) (1997)

Televisions:8.8 million (1998)


Internet Service Providers (ISPs):15 (1999)

Country code (Top level domain): TW

Broadband internet access

:"See for rankings: List of countries by broadband users".

The number of broadband subscribers in Taiwan surpassed 4.5 million by the end of March 2007. [ [ Foreseeing Innovative New Digiservices] ] This number is approximately 20% of the total population.

See also

* Media in Taiwan


* [ CIA - The World Factbook - Taiwan]

External links

* [ Ministry Of Transportation And Communications]
* [ Press in Taiwan]

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