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Iceland Communications


In Iceland, there are 196,984 (2001) fixed line telephones in use. The trunk network consists of coaxial and fiber optic cables and microwave radio relay links. Iceland shares the Inmarsat earth station with the other Nordic countries, and is connected to two Intelsats in the Atlantic Ocean. Iceland is connected to the CANTAT-3 and FARICE-1 submarine cables. In 2007, there are 325,037 mobile phones in use.

Icelandic radio broadcasts primarily on FM, via numerous public and private stations. Television was initiated in 1966. As of 1999 there were 5 AM and 147 FM radio stations and 14 television stations. In 1997 there were 260,000 radios and 98,000 television sets throughout the country. As of 2001, there are 20 ISPs in Iceland, and 220,000 internet users. The top-level domain is .is.

The main provider of telecommunications (telephone, television and internet services) in Iceland is Síminn.


Telephones - main lines in use:
193,700 (2006)

Telephones - mobile cellular:
328,500 (2006)

Telephone system:
general assessment: telecommunications infrastructure is modern and fully digitized, with satellite-earth stations, fibre-optic cables, and an extensive broadband network
domestic: liberalisation of the telecommunications sector beginning in the late 1990s has led to increased competition especially in the mobile services segment of the market
international: country code - 354; the CANTAT-3 and FARICE-1 submarine cable systems provide connectivity to Canada, the Faroe Islands, UK, Denmark, and Germany; a planned new section of the Hibernia-Atlantic submarine cable will provide additional connectivity to Canada, US, and Ireland; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean), 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions); note - Iceland shares the Inmarsat earth station with the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)

Radio broadcast stations:
AM 3, FM about 70 (including repeaters), shortwave 1 (1998)

Television broadcast stations:
14 (plus 156 repeaters) (1997)

Internet country code:

Internet hosts:
270,942 (2007)

Internet users:
194,000 (2006)





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