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Telephones - main lines in use
Definition - World rank and map
4.729 million (2005)
Telephones - main lines in use per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
108 (2005)
Telephones - mobile cellular
Definition - World rank and map
42.3 million (2007)
Telephones - mobile cellular subscribers per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
966.1 (2007)
Telephone system
Definition
general assessment: the system is the best developed and most modern in Africa
domestic: combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity roughly 100 telephones per 100 persons; consists of carrier-equipped open-wire lines, coaxial cables, microwave radio relay links, fiber-optic cable, radiotelephone communication stations, and wireless local loops; key centers are Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, and Pretoria
international: country code - 27; the SAT-3/WASC and SAFE fiber optic cable systems connect in South Africa providing connectivity to Europe and Asia; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (1 Indian Ocean and 2 Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations
Definition
AM 14, FM 347 (plus 243 repeaters), shortwave 1 (1998)
Television broadcast stations
Definition
556 (plus 144 network repeaters) (1997)
Internet country code
Definition
.za
Internet hosts
Definition - World rank and map
1.088 million (2007)
Internet hosts per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
24.8 (2007)
Internet users
Definition - World rank and map
5.1 million (2005)
Internet users per 1,000 people
Definition - World rank and map
116.5 (2005)
Airports
Definition - World rank and map
728 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways
Definition
total: 146
over 3,047 m: 10
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 51
914 to 1,523 m: 67
under 914 m: 13 (2007)
Airports - with unpaved runways
Definition
total: 582
1,524 to 2,437 m: 34
914 to 1,523 m: 300
under 914 m: 248 (2007)
Heliports
Definition
1 (2007)
Pipelines
Definition
condensate 100 km; gas 1,177 km; oil 992 km; refined products 1,379 km (2007)
Railways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 20,872 km
narrow gauge: 20,436 km 1.065-m gauge (8,931 km electrified); 436 km 0.610-m gauge (2006)
Roadways
Definition - World rank and map
total: 362,099 km
paved: 73,506 km (includes 239 km of expressways)
unpaved: 288,593 km (2002)
Merchant marine
Definition - World rank and map
total: 1 ship (1000 GRT or over) 27,103 GRT/29,651 DWT
by type: container 1
foreign-owned: 1 (Denmark 1)
registered in other countries: 8 (Bahamas 1, NZ 1, Seychelles 1, St Vincent and the Grenadines 1, UK 4) (2008)
Ports and terminals
Definition
Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay, Saldanha Bay


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