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Last updated : Nov 2009
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Fax

BATELCO functions a service from the Batelco Building on Government Avenue.

Internet

ISP's include BATELCO and GCC Online. Email facilities are available in Manama.

Telegrams

Bahrain possesses 1 of the most modern international communications networks in the Gulf. A 24 hour service is run by Cable & Wireless, Al-Khalifa Avenue, Mercury House, Manama, as well as at the airport.

Telephones

 International Direct Dialing service is available within cities, to more than 204 areas.

 The Bahrain country code is 973.

 The Outgoing international code is 00.

Red telephone booths are operated by phonecards, the blue ones are operated by coins, and the silver ones are operated by both phonecards and coins.

Phonecards are available at different prices: 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25 Dinars.

 Reduced rates are in operation from Monday to Thursday 7.00 pm to 7.00 am and all day on Friday.

 Facilities are available for digital data networks, video conferencing, mobile links and satellite linked skyphones for direct communication with airborne aircraft all over the globe.

Mobile telephones

 Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) 900 network is available.

 Network operators include Bahrain Telecommunications Company (BATELCO), which provides handsets for hire on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

 MTC Vodafone provides GSM 900/1800 and 3G services.

Post

Airmail service to Europe can take up to 3 to 4 days. The main post office is close to Bab al-Bahrain in Manama, and the opening hours Saturday to Thursday 7.00 am to 7.30 pm. Efficient 1 day international courier services operate out of Bahrain.

Press

Three Arabic newspapers are available in Bahrain and these include Al-Wasat, Al-Ayam and Akhbar Al Khaleej. The Gulf Daily News and the Bahrain Tribune are the 2 newspapers in English. Magazines in both English and Arabic are published locally.

Radio

Bahrain Radio is broadcasted in English 24 hours a day on 96.5 and 101 FM, and American Armed Forces Radio is broadcasted on 104 FM and 107.9 Khz. There are 4 terrestrial channels, 2 in English (Channel 55 and BBC World Service) and 2 Arabic channels.

BBC World Service and Voice of America can be received. From time to time the frequencies change and the most current are available online.