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Telephones - main lines in use
Definition - World rank and map
5.24 million (2006)
Telephones - main lines in use per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
31.2 (2006)
Telephones - mobile cellular
Definition - World rank and map
88.02 million (2008)
Telephones - mobile cellular subscribers per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
524.7 (2008)
Telephone system
Definition
general assessment: the telecommunications infrastructure is improving dramatically with foreign and domestic investments into fixed-line and mobile networks; mobile-cellular subscribership has skyrocketed, reaching some 63 million in mid-2007, up from only about 300,000 in 2000; fiber systems are being constructed throughout the country to aid in network growth; main line availability has risen only marginally over the same period and there are still difficulties getting main line service to rural areas
domestic: microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, fiber-optic cable, cellular, and satellite networks
international: country code - 92; landing point for the SEA-ME-WE-3 and SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cable systems that provide links to Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean); 3 operational international gateway exchanges (1 at Karachi and 2 at Islamabad); microwave radio relay to neighboring countries (2006)
Radio broadcast stations
Definition
AM 31, FM 68, shortwave NA (2006)
Television broadcast stations
Definition
20 (5 state-run channels and 15 privately-owned satellite channels) (2006)
Internet country code
Definition
.pk
Internet hosts
Definition - World rank and map
164,067 (2007)
Internet hosts per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
1 (2007)
Internet users
Definition - World rank and map
12 million (2006)
Internet users per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
71.5 (2006)
Airports
Definition - World rank and map
146 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways
Definition
total: 92
over 3,047 m: 16
2,438 to 3,047 m: 19
1,524 to 2,437 m: 29
914 to 1,523 m: 18
under 914 m: 10 (2007)
Airports - with unpaved runways
Definition
total: 54
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 16
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 24 (2007)
Heliports
Definition
18 (2007)
Pipelines
Definition
gas 10,398 km; oil 2,076 km (2007)
Railways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 8,163 km
broad gauge: 7,718 km 1.676-m gauge (293 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 445 km 1.000-m gauge (2006)
Roadways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 259,758 km
paved: 162,879 km (includes 711 km of expressways)
unpaved: 96,879 km (2005)
Merchant marine
Definition - World rank and map
total: 14 ships (1000 GRT or over) 325,254 GRT/536,876 DWT
by type: bulk carrier 1, cargo 10, petroleum tanker 3
registered in other countries: 15 (Comoros 3, Malta 2, North Korea 1, Panama 6, St Kitts and Nevis 3) (2008)
Ports and terminals
Definition
Karachi, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim


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