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Quetta, daily newspapers, Peshawar, television sets, Rawalpindi

In 2000 Pakistan had 22 telephone mainlines for every 1,000 people. The number of cellular-phone subscribers is growing rapidly. Radio receivers number 94 and television sets 22 per 1,000 residents.

Television broadcasting began in Lahore in 1964 and in Karachi in 1966. Since then television-broadcasting centers have been set up in Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Quetta, giving the Pakistani television network an almost total nationwide reach. In the early 1990s satellite dishes made it possible for international television programming to reach even the remotest areas of the country. More recently, the availability of cable television has improved accessibility to the international networks. Newspapers are mainly printed in Urdu and English. Pakistan has 359 daily newspapers, most with small circulations. The major dailies are concentrated in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad.

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