Communications & Transportation in Belgium

Telephones - main lines in use
4.631 million (2011)
rank:
31
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Telephones - mobile cellular
12.541 million (2011)
rank:
60
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Telephone system
general assessment:
highly developed, technologically advanced, and completely automated domestic and international telephone and telegraph facilities
domestic:
nationwide mobile-cellular telephone system; extensive cable network; limited microwave radio relay network
international:
country code - 32; landing point for a number of submarine cables that provide links to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; satellite earth stations - 7 (Intelsat - 3) (2007)
Broadcast media
a segmented market with the three major communities (Flemish, French, and German-speaking) each having responsibility for their own broadcast media; multiple TV channels exist for each community; additionally, in excess of 90% of households are connected to cable and can access broadcasts of TV stations from neighboring countries; each community has a public radio network co-existing with private broadcasters (2007)
Internet country code
.be
Internet hosts
5.18 million (2010)
rank:
20
Internet users
8.113 million (2009)
rank:
36
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Airports
43 (2012)
rank:
100
Airports - with paved runways
total:
27
over 3,047 m:
6
2,438 to 3,047 m:
9
1,524 to 2,437 m:
2
914 to 1,523 m:
1
under 914 m:
9 (2012)
Airports - with unpaved runways
total:
16
under 914 m:
16 (2012)
Heliports
1 (2012)
Pipelines
gas 2,826 km; oil 154 km; refined products 535 km (2010)
Railways
total:
3,233 km
rank:
55
standard gauge:
3,233 km 1.435-m gauge (2,950 km electrified) (2008)
Roadways
total:
153,595 km
rank:
32
paved:
120,111 km (includes 1,763 km of expressways)
unpaved:
33,484 km (2006)
Waterways
2,043 km (1,528 km in regular commercial use) (2012)
rank:
42
Merchant marine
total:
87
rank:
56
by type:
bulk carrier 23, cargo 15, chemical tanker 5, container 4, liquefied gas 23, passenger 2, petroleum tanker 8, roll on/roll off 7
foreign-owned:
15 (Denmark 4, France 7, Russia 1, UK 2, US 1)
registered in other countries:
107 (Bahamas 6, Cambodia 1, Cyprus 3, France 7, Gibraltar 1, Greece 17, Hong Kong 26, Liberia 1, Luxembourg 11, Malta 7, Marshall Islands 1, Mozambique 2, North Korea 1, Panama 1, Portugal 8, Russia 4, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 7, Singapore 1, Vanuatu 1) (2010)
Ports and terminals
cargo ports (tonnage):
Antwerp, Gent, Liege, Zeebrugge
container ports (TEUs):
Antwerp (8,662,891), Zeebrugge (2,209,715)
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