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South Africa - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)
Government-owned television stations SABC 1, 2, 3, and eTV (a privately funded, yet free channel) comprise the four basic channels offered and are immediately accessible upon purchase of a TV; proof of a valid TV license is usually required when purchasing a TV. Subscription-based channels MNET and DStv offer a broad cross-section of English content. The latter is a satellite service that offers an extensive array of sports channels as well as the likes of Sky News, CNN International, National Geographic Channel, The History Channel, and Cartoon Network; more than fifty channels in all.
Radio is freely available on AM and FM frequencies and stations are mostly unique to particular provinces. Talk radio and music stations comprise the bulk of these.
Added 21/11/05 by Ean - While broadband is only available in the cities, ISDN is available in most larger towns (albeit again expensive, but very cheap after hour rates are now avaialble on ISDN).
Added 18/12/05 by Niel - Another thing on mobiles (cell phones as they are known in Africa) is that 3G is available on MTN and Vodacom. So you can also check your emails via Blueberry or other mobile phones mostly in the urban areas.
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