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Phone Lines, Internet & Communications

Phone Lines

The main phone lines in the country are Batelco, Zain (MTC Vodaphone) and VIVA.

There are over 200,000 main lines in use with over 1.1 million mobile phones active. Telecommunications use a modern fibre-optic system with a digital network for mobile services, these are linked internationally via a submarine cable to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US as well as having a microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia and tropospheric scatter to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as a single satellite earth station, all on country code +973.


The Internet services in the country have low user numbers of around 2,600 hosts and around 250,000 actual users. The country’s top code is .bh. It's important to note that outside web pages have been recently been frequently blocked following the Bahraini Uprising of 2011.


There are few Bahraini Television broadcast stations, only numbering around 5.

There are radio broadcasting stations consisting of AM 2, FM 3 and shortwave 0.