facilities are available across the country although overseas mobile
phones will not operate. With the introduction of internet to Bhutan in
1999, visitors can also access internet facilities in all major towns
Telephones were introduced in Bhutan in
1963. Most of the towns in Bhutan have both domestic and international
direct dial facilities. The country code for Bhutan is 975. The
international access code is 00. There are numerous PCOs through out the
Mobile was introduced in the month of
November 2005 and now covers up to 9 districts in Bhutan. It has two
categories of services. Post Paid and Pre-Paid.
* Post Paid: Monthly billing system.
* Pre-paid as per the recharge Card
* Sim Card is available at every dealer shops.
Bhutanese postal system is slow but extremely reliable. A letter takes
about ten days to reach Europe, one week to Japan and three weeks to
America . Package (up to 5 kg or 11 lb.) should be sent by registered
mail. DHL and other courier services also now operate from Thimpu. DHL
provides competent courier service to and from Bhutan, so you can easily
send or receive packaged items and envelopes through it.
Internet cafes and communication centers have opened up in the Valley
and around the country in the past few years. Visitors only have to find
a place they are most comfortable in to use the facilities to keep in
touch with home. E-mail and Internet services are also offered by
The Kuensel, a newspaper of a government-owned
corporation, circulates biweekly in Dzongkha, English and Nepali. Bhutan
has about 15,000 Internet users, 25,200 landline subscribers, and
23,000 mobile phone subscribers. The Bhutan Broadcasting Service was
established in 1973 as a radio service, broadcasting in short wave
nationally, and on the FM band in Thimphu . Radio is the most effective
media in the country and reaches by far the largest audience. Bhutan
Broadcasting Service (BBS) is the national public service broadcaster.
all hotels and some PCOs have the facilities to send and receive faxes.
Tour operators in Bhutan now rely mostly on email for most of their
communication but still use fax for documents such as visa authority
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