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Gibraltar - Communications

Communications in Gibraltar are excellent as these are run very much on a par with those in the UK. As the technology has changed in the UK, it has also been updated in Gibraltar, albeit on a smaller scale.

The television and radio stations are run by the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation and runs in a similar way to the BBC in the UK, in that it used to be funded in part by a licence fee. The licence fee has now been abolished. It is also possible to receive Spanish television and radio stations. Radio Gibraltar is the local radio station and there is a special radio station for British forces.

Most homes have satellite television services, which brings them a number of television channels from the UK. For this to be installed there are fees to be paid and arrangements should be made through the local satellite installers, details of which can be obtained from the local directories.

There are several Internet Service Providers (ISP) which operate in Gibraltar. Visitors can make use of an internet café or have their own service connected. A service called Yachtconnect provides a wireless internet service around the marinas for sailors.

Until 1990 the telephone services on Gibraltar were operated by the government. Then joint agreements were entered into with BT and Nynex to cover local and international calls. Mobile phone services are keeping up with their European counterparts and there are now several networks which are able to operate in the area. Coverage is fairly good, with most people arriving from abroad able to use their existing phone. It is advisable to obtain a Gibraltan mobile phone and sim card though, just to keep the running costs down.

When sending post from Gibraltar, airmail to European countries can take just one day to arrive, though up to five days, depending upon the destination. Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4.30 pm in winter, although they close at 14.15 in summer. On Saturdays they are open from 10 am to 1 pm. The postal service is run by the Royal Gibraltar Post Office. It is not necessary to have a PO Box number, though these are available if required.

The Gibraltan newspapers are English language, though some have Spanish sections. The only daily newspaper is the Gibraltar Chronicle. All other newspapers are published weekly and there are several Gibraltan magazines which are also published regularly.

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