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Faxes can be sent and received from WARTEL stores.


Service providers include Indosat and Indobiz. Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and tourist destinations.

Mobile telephone

GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Main operators are Telkomsel, Lippo Telecom and Excelcomindo. Coverage can be limited to main towns and cities.


Airmail to Western Europe takes about 10 days. Internal mail is quick and generally reliable by the express service (Pos KILAT), but mail to the outer islands can incur considerable delays.


There are several English-language newspapers in Jakarta and on the other islands. These include Indonesian Observer, Jakarta Post, Bali Post and The Indonesia Times.


BBC World Service and Voice of America can be heard. The frequencies change and the most up-to-date information can be found online.


Country dialling code: 62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya).
Outgoing international code: 00.

IDD is available to the main cities.

Most hotel lobbies have public phones which take credit cards and phone cards. State operated phone booths (WARTEL), work on a pay-as-you-leave basis, can be found throughout the country. For emergencies, dial (ambulance for traffic accidents) 110 (police) or 119 (ambulance for general health) or 113 (fire department).


Can be sent from any telegraphic office; in Jakarta facilities are available 24 hours a day. Services outside Jakarta are less efficient.