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Telecommunications in Kuwait

Telecommunications in Kuwait provides information about the telephone, Internet, radio, and television infrastructure in Kuwait.


  • Infrastructure 1
    • Telephones 1.1
    • Broadcast media 1.2
    • Internet 1.3
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4



Telephones - main lines in use: 514,700 (2011),[1] 510,300 (2005)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 4.9 million (2011),[1] 2.7 million (2007)

Telephone system:[1]

  • general assessment: the quality of service is excellent
  • domestic: new telephone exchanges provide a large capacity for new subscribers; trunk traffic is carried by microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, open-wire and fiber-optic cable; a cellular telephone system operates throughout Kuwait, and the country is well supplied with pay telephones.
  • international: linked to international submarine cable Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); linked to Bahrain, Qatar, UAE via the Fiber-Optic Gulf (FOG) cable; coaxial cable and microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia; satellite earth stations - 6 (3 Intelsat - 1 Atlantic Ocean and 2 Indian Ocean, 1 Inmarsat - Atlantic Ocean, and 2 Arabsat)
  • country code: 965

Broadcast media

Radio broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 11, shortwave 1 (1998)

Radios: 1.175 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 13 (plus several satellite channels) (1997)

Televisions: 875,000 (1997)


Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 5 (2011) Which are: Fasttelco, Gulfnet, KEMS, Mada, and Qualitynet

Internet users: 1,925,956 or 74.2% of the population (2011),[2] 700,000 (2005)

Top-level domain: .kw[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Kuwait", World Factbook, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, retrieved 16 February 2013
  2. ^ Percentage of Individuals using the Internet 2000-2011, International Telecommunication Union, accessed on 19 August 2012.

External links

  • Nokia to upgrade Kuwaiti network, BBC News, 29 May 2005
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