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Slovakia - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV, Radio)
The national telephone system is considered adequate, and the government is making efforts to upgrade the service. Domestic telephone service is predominantly analog-based, gradually being improved with fiber-optic cable.
Slovak Telecom provides virtually all residential fixed-line telephone service. Connecting a new line to a residence may take several weeks. Changing the registration of an existing line tor your own name is a simple procedure and only takes a visit to the Slovak Telecom office in your district. Passport and proof of residency are required.
Public telephones are available throughout Slovakia, and at most post offices. They operate with coins or pre-paid calling cards that are available at many retail outlets.
Mobile telephone use is widespread in Slovakia. Setting up a mobile phone account is a simple process.
Cellular telephone service is available from two providers, T-Mobile and Orange. Details of their services may be obtained in English from their respective websites, www.t-mobile.sk and www.orange.sk. There are a variety of plans from which to choose.
The Slovak postal system is not as efficient as it could be, although it is improving. Domestic mail appears to be delivered fairly reliably, but there have been reports of parcels from overseas having been opened prior to delivery. The post office provides mail, public telephone and money transfer services; however, one is not advised to send valuables by mail. Post offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Smaller villages may not have a post office. In that case, mail is addressed "care-of" the nearest post office in a larger town.
It might be preferable to utilize a courier service to mail important material and items. DHL offers international and domestic courier service at: http://www.dhl.com/wrd/sk.html
Most houses and apartments are not equipped with high-speed Internet connections. Dial-up Internet access is available via fixed-line telephone, but quality of line can be frustrating.
DSL service is increasing in availability, especially in Bratislava.
Slovak Telecom is the largest Internet provider. For details visit http://www.slovaktelecom.sk/En/
Some other providers are:
AT&T Global Network Services Slovakia, s.r.o.
Dial Telecom, a.s.
Intercomp Services, s.r.o.
UPC Slovensko, s. r. o.
Slovakian TV utilizes the European PAL format. There are two government TV channels and two private TV broadcasters.
Cable TV access is popular and widely available across the country. Some broadcasts are in English, French or German. Satellite TV is also available. Enhanced service is available with decoders and subscription memberships.
BBC World News and Vienna's Blue Danube Radio provide FM programming in English. AM broadcasts are largely in Slovak.
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