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Uganda -- Communications

The communications infrastructure suffered so much damage and neglect during Uganda's period of political turmoil that it was almost non-existent by 1980. There have been major improvements and advancements in Uganda's telecommunications network and today most areas of the country are linked by a microwave network.

Telephone and Telecommunications
: The telecoms network is improving, and most international connections are relatively straightforward. By 1990, two satellite stations had been established. Communication Indicators for 1988 Telephones Total: 60,000 Persons per telephone: 272 Phone traffic International calls 343,000

Postal Service: There were 361 post offices in Uganda in 1988, and they handled over 13 million pieces of mail.

Radio, Television, and Film: The state owned radio station, Radio Uganda, broadcasts 230 hours of programming a week in English and in 21 ethnic languages. In 1989, there was on average of one radio per 44 people. Television is also state operated. The Uganda Television service was founded in 1963 and operates out of Kampala. In 1989, there was on average of one television set per 183 people. There is no domestic film industry in Uganda. There are about 17 theaters and annual attendance was about 2 million pre-1986.

Publishing and Press:
Former President Idi Amin's severe censorship hindered the press, but under President Yoweri Kagata Museveni the press has been flourishing. There are now six daily newspapers in Uganda that have a circulation of 100,000. New Vision , the official paper, The Star and Financial Times are in English. The Uganda press has been instrumental in exposing corruption. In 1994, the Nairobi based Nation Group launched The East African which is published simultaneously in Kampala, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam. The two major book publishers, Uganda Publishing House (formerly Macmillan) and Longman only publish on a limited basis. Source: Encyclopedia of the Third World 4th edition 1992 2011-2014

61,600 (1990 est.)
Telephone system:
fair system domestic: microwave radio relay and radiotelephone communications stations, cellular system international: satellite earth station1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Radio broadcast stations:
AM 10, FM 0, shortwave 0
2.13 million (1993 est.)
Television broadcast stations:
9 (1987 est.)
220,000 (1993 est.) Source: CIA World Fact Book

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