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Maldives Communications

Inter-atoll communication is through a network of high-frequency transceivers; within atolls, communication between islands and with boats is by walkie-talkie. A satellite earth station was installed in 1977 to facilitate external communications. In 2009, there were 50,396 mainline and 450,500 mobile cellular phones in use.

The Voice of Maldives has been transmitting radio broadcasts since 1962 in Divehi and English. As of 2009, there were 1 AM, 6 FM and 1 shortwave radio broadcast stations, and 2 television broadcast stations. In 1999, there were 35,000 radios and 10,00 television sets throughout the country.

In 2008, there were 71,700 internet subscribers with access through two service providers.

Wataniya Telecom Maldives (also referred to as Wataniya Maldives), a sister company of Wataniya Telecom International, is the second mobile operator in the Maldives. The firm was issued a licence as the new mobile phone operator in February 2005. Wataniya Telecom Maldives is the sole competitor of Dhiraagu, the very first Maldivian telecommunications company. Dhiraagu dominated the market for a period of 17 years, being the only operator for that period. Since Wataniya Telecom Maldives has entered the market, consumers have gained numerous benefits due to strong competition between these two rivals.


Telephones - main lines in use
50,396 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular
450,500 (2009)

Telephone system
general assessment: telephone services have improved; inter-atoll communication through microwave links; all inhabited islands and resorts are connected with telephone and fax service
domestic: each island now has at least 1 public telephone, and there are mobile-cellular networks with a rapidly expanding subscribership that exceeds 100 per 100 persons
international: country code - 960; linked to international submarine cable Fibre-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); satellite earth station - 3 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) (2009)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 1, FM 6, shortwave 1 (2009)

Television broadcast stations
2 (2009)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
1,732 (2009)

Internet users
71,700 (2008)





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