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Tibet Posts And Telecommunications

Tibet PostsAccording to statistics, in 2005, the total value of postal services and telecommunications business in Tibet reached 1.641 billion Yuan, an increase of 21.6 percent over the previous year. This includes 105 million Yuan of postal services, up 5.0 percent, and 1.536 billion Yuan of telecommunication business, a rise of 23.3 percent. In the year, 1,200 phone lines were added, bringing the total capacity to 330,500 lines. The number of added fixed telephone subscribers was 146,900, bringing the total number to 525,300 including 495,000 urban subscribers and 30,300 rural ones. A total of 90,000 mobile phone lines were added, bringing the total capacity to 660,000. There are 469,300 mobile users, 72,700 of which were added in 2005. At the end of the year, the total number of the fixed and mobile telephone subscribers reached 995,000, an increase of 220,000 over the previous year and the telephone popularization rate reached 37 per 100 persons.

There are some 140 post offices in the TAR, maintaining express mail services with more than 200 large and medium-sized cities in the country. Moreover, the autonomous region has built the Lhasa Program Controlled Telephone Bureau, the Post and Telecommunications Building, the extensive cell phone system, a radio paging system covering five prefectures, seven IDR satellite ground stations, 73 VSAT satellite communication stations, 1,841 long-distance telephone lines, and 5,810-terminal automatic telephone exchanges, preliminarily forming a telecommunications network composed of program controlled exchanges, satellite communications, digital communications, mobile communications and other advanced means. According to statistics, by the end of 2005, the total length of fiber-optic cable in Tibet reached 22700 km, up 37.6 percent from the year before; the mobile telecommunications network covered developed towns and counties, main roads, traffic crossings and scenic spots; the fixed telecommunications network covered all the counties and towns and telephone lines linked 2,074 administrative villages, accounting for 35 percent of the total in Tibet, as part of the target that ¡°various counties have access to the fiber-optic cable and mobile telecommunications network¡± and ¡°telephone lines are put into use in all villages¡±, and it also played important role in maintaining social stability and promoting economic and social progress.

Tibet telecommunications Tibet will continue to promote the development of its telecommunications business. By 2010, the added fixed asset investment will reach three billion Yuan with the emphasis on speeding up the construction of postal and telecommunications facilities, gradually developing the postal services of administrative villages, improving the telecommunications conditions of the villages, and trying to provide telephone services for more than half of the population in the autonomous region and supply Internet service for more than half of the families in the urban areas, with 60 percent of the administrative villages gaining a telephone services including 718,000 fixed telephone subscribers and 939,000 mobile ones, and the number of Internet subscribers reaching 178,400 further reducing the gap in the telecommunications level between urban and rural areas.

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