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Communications in Niger


Telephones - main lines in use: 24,000 (2005)[1]

Telephones - mobile cellular: 900,000 (2007) Telephone system: small system of wire, radiotelephone communications, and microwave radio relay links concentrated in southwestern area
domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity only about 7 per 100 persons; The United Nations estimates placed telephone subscribers at .2 per hundred in 2000, rising to 2.5 per hundred in 2006.[2]

domestic satellite system with 3 earth stations and 1 planned
international: country code - 227; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean)[1]


Radio broadcast stations: AM 5, FM 6, shortwave 4 (2001) [1]

Radios: 680,000 (1997),[1] 500,000 (1992)[3]


Television broadcast stations: 5 (2007)

Televisions: 125,000 (1997),[1] 37,000 (1992)[3]


There are an estimated 40,000 internet users in Niger (2006), and 216 (1999) Internet service hosts: ISPs and other direct connections to the internet. The Top level domain is .ne, and its assignment is controlled by the parastatal telecom company, SONITEL.[1] The UN estimated in 2006 that there were only .3 internet users per 100 Nigeriens, but this had risen from less than .1 per 100 in 2000.[2] As a point of reference, the Millennium Development Goal for least developed countries by 2015 is 8.16 Internet users per 100 population.[4]

See also


  • CIA Factbook:Niger, Communications. updated 10 February 2009, retrieved 18 February 2009.
  • Transports et télécoms (Statistical series). Institut National de la Statistique, Niger. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  • Le paysage médiatique nigérien. Djilali Benamrane, 6 March 2002.
  • Télécoms Sans Frontières, 12 July 2007.
  • Jenny C. Aker. Does Digital Divide or Provide? The Impact of Cell Phones on Grain Markets in Niger. Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 154 (October 2008).
  • NICI development process, Niger. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  • Niger Information and Communications Technology Assessment. Yaovi Atohoun, Eileen Reynolds, Karl Stanzick]. United States Education for Development and Democracy Initiative (March 2001)
  • Niger country profile. Balancing Act Magazine (London). October 23, 2007 update. Accessed 2009-06-04.
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