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Communications in Peru


Peru's major telecommunications systems were developed privately by Swedish, US and Swiss enterprises. In 1970, however, the government nationalised the Lima Telephone Company and announced plans to take over the entire telecommunications system through its wholly owned company Entelperú. A joint Peruvian-Chilean firm operates a system in southern Peru and Arica, Chile. In 2012, there were 3.42 million mainline telephones in use, with an additional 29.4 million cellular phones.

As of 2010, there were over 2,000 radio stations and 10 major television networks. In 2000, there were 273 radios and 148 television sets for every 1,000 people.

In 2009, there were over 9.15 million internet users. There are no government restrictions on access to the internet and no reports that the government monitors email or internet chat rooms. Individuals and groups engage in the free expression of views via the internet, including by email. The chief impediment to internet access is a lack of infrastructure.


Telephones - main lines in use : 3.42 million (2012)
Telephones - mobile cellular : 29.4 million (2012)
Telephone system : general assessment: adequate for most requirements; nationwide microwave radio relay system and a domestic satellite system with 12 earth stations

domestic: fixed-line teledensity is only about 12 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity, spurred by competition among multiple providers, exceeds 100 telephones per 100 persons

international: country code - 51; the South America-1 (SAM-1) and Pan American (PAN-AM) submarine cable systems provide links to parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2010)
Broadcast media : 10 major TV networks of which only one, Television Nacional de Peru, is state-owned; multi-channel cable TV services are available; in excess of 2,000 radio stations including a substantial number of indigenous language stations (2010)
Internet country code : .pe
Internet hosts : 234,102 (2012)
Internet users : 9.158 million (2009)






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