Telecommunications in Western Sahara
Telecommunications in Western Sahara include radio, television, fixed and mobile telephones, and the Internet.
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- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the CIA World Factbook.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State.
- Telecommunications in Morocco
- Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT), the public broadcaster of Morocco.
Morocco considers the part of the territory that it administers to be an integral component of the kingdom with the same laws and structures regarding civil liberties, political and economic rights. Moroccan law prohibits citizens from criticizing Islam or the institution of the monarchy or to oppose the government’s official position regarding territorial integrity and Western Sahara. Saharan media outlets and bloggers practice self-censorship on these issues, and there are no reports of government action against them for what they write. Human rights and Sahrawi bloggers affiliated with leftist political groups assume that authorities closely monitor their activities and feel the need to hide their identities.
There is no indication that Internet access in the territory differs from that in internationally recognized Morocco, which was generally open. Morocco was listed as engaged in selective Internet filtering in the social, conflict/security, and Internet tools areas and as little or no evidence of filtering in the political area by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) in August 2009. Freedom House listed Morocco's "Internet Freedom Status" as "Partly Free" in its 2013 Freedom on the Net report.
Internet censorship and surveillance
- Top-level domain: none, as a disputed territory no country code top-level domain (ccTLD) is assigned, however, .eh is reserved for this purpose, and will be assigned if the competing claimants reach an agreement.
- Internet users: unknown (2012).
- Fixed broadband: unknown (2012).
- Wireless broadband: unknown (2012).
- Internet hosts: no hosts explicitly associated with Western Sahara (2012).
- IPv4: no addresses allocated (2012).
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): NA
- Calling code: +212
- International call prefix: 00
- Main lines: about 2,000 lines in use (1999 estimate).
- Mobile cellular: Unknown.
- Telephone system: sparse and limited system; tied into Morocco's system by microwave radio relay, tropospheric scatter, and satellite (2008).
- Satellite earth stations: 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) linked to Rabat, Morocco (2008).
- Television stations: Morocco's state broadcaster, SNRT, operates a TV service that is relayed in the territory (2008).
- Television sets: 6,000 (1997).
- Morocco's state broadcaster, Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT, formerly RTM) operates a radio service from Laayoune (2008);
- Polisario-backed medium wave (AM) and shortwave radio stations are on the air (2008);
- Unofficial amateur radio stations occasionally operate, using the callsign prefix "S0"; an informal identifier that was not issued by the International Telecommunications Union.
- Radios: 56,000 (1997).
Radio and television
- Radio and television 1
- Telephones 2
- Internet 3
- Internet censorship and surveillance 4
- See also 5
- References 6
- External links 7
 Because of this long running dispute, many traditional telecommunication statistics are not reported separately for the Western Sahara.