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Diario Latino, Prensa Grafica, beeper service, shortwave stations, Central American University

By 2000 El Salvador had 100 telephone mainlines for every 1,000 people. Private companies provide cellular telephones and beeper service. The government’s Administration of Telecommunications (ANTEL) has installed advanced technology for modern communications development in the country, including Internet connections, microwave-radio relay systems, and international satellite communication.

There are 103 commercial radio stations plus 1 government station. The government also maintains 2 shortwave stations. There are eight commercial television channels, one government channel, and one religious channel. Television now reaches all areas of the country. In 1997 there were 465 radio receivers and 677 televisions for every 1,000 residents. Three companies now provide pay-television service, made up largely of U.S. programming.

Five national newspapers with modest circulations are published daily in San Salvador: La Prensa Grafica (120,000), El Diario de Hoy (107,000), El Mundo (45,000), La Noticia (30,000), and Diario Latino (20,000). There are also several weekly newspapers. Foreign magazines are popular in the country, but there are few Salvadoran magazines. One notable Salvadoran monthly is ECA, which provides commentary on Salvadoran politics, society, and economy. It is published by the Jesuit-run Central American University.

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