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In 2009, the number of landlines reached 1.139 million. The average number of telephones increased up to 23 telephones per 100 inhabitants. The first million of mobile telephone users was registered in September 2005. The number of mobile telephone users in Moldova increased by 47.3% in the first quarter of 2008 against the last year and exceeded 2.89 million. The mobile telephone market of Moldova is divided between three GSM (Orange Moldova, Moldcell and Eventis) and two CDMA (Unité and Interdnestrcom) mobile operators. Orange Moldova launched its network in October 1998, Moldcell in April 2000, Moldtelecom (under the trademark Unité) in March 2007 and Eventis in December 2007.

In September 2009, Moldova was the first country in the world to launch high-definition voice services (HD voice) for mobile phones, and the first country in Europe to launch 14.4 Mbps mobile broadband at a national scale, with over 40% population coverage.

In 2007 there are dozens of broadcast companies in Chisinau providing analogue tv – major ones include SunTV (about 70,000 subscribers) and Satellit (about 20,000 subscribers). Smaller ones include Delta and Alfa TV. In mid 2007, Zebra TV (provided by Arax) introduced first digital cable network in Chisinau. SunTV also launched digital TV.

In 2010, there were around 1,295,000 internet users in Moldova with overall internet penetration of 35.9%. Also in that same year, there were five main ISPs in the country – Moldtelecom, StarNet, SunCommunications, Orange in Moldova and Interdnestrcom in Transnistria.


Telephones - main lines in use :
1.139 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular :
2.785 million (2009)

Telephone system :
general assessment: poor service outside Chisinau; some modernisation is under way
domestic: depending on location, new subscribers may face long wait for service; multiple private operators of GSM mobile-cellular telephone service are operating; GPRS system is being introduced; a CDMA mobile telephone network began operations in 2007; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity 90 per 100 persons
international: country code - 373; service through Romania and Russia via landline; satellite earth stations - at least 3 (Intelsat, Eutelsat and Intersputnik) (2009)

Broadcast media :
state-owned national radio-TV broadcaster operates 2 television and 2 radio stations; a total of nearly 40 terrestrial TV channels and some 50 radio stations are in operation; Russian and Romanian channels also are available (2007)

Internet country code :

Internet hosts :
492,181 (2010)

Internet users :
1.295 million (2010)




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