general assessment: telecommunications infrastructure is being gradually upgraded;
domestic: fixed-line is concentrated mainly in urban areas; multiple mobile-cellular service has a growing coverage; international: country code is 996; connections with other CIS countries by landline or microwave radio relay and with other countries is done by leased connections with Moscow international gateway switch and by satellite; satellite earth stations - 2 (1 Intersputnik, 1 Intelsat); connected internationally by the Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic line.
Internet is accessible in the main towns and some villages at Internet cafes. Internet country code is kg.
Post offices work from Mondays to Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 18:00 p.m. The Main Post Office in Bishkek is open 7:00-19:00 and located on 96, Chui avenue, Tel.: 662346. Visitors can also use the post offices situated in big hotels. There are also a number of independent international courier services established in Bishkek. They are DHL, Federal Express (FedEx), UPS, and Overseas Courier Service (OCS).
Media in Kyrgyzstan:
The media of Kyrgyzstan experience more freedom compared to neighbouring states in the region, and the composition guarantees freedom of the press and forbids censorship.
The main TV broadcaster in the country operates 2 countrywide networks and 6 regional stations; roughly 20 private TV stations operating with most rebroadcasting other channels.
National currency is called Kyrgyz Som equaling to 100 tyin. Bank notes are in denominations of Som 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. And 50, 10 and 1 tyin are rarely used. There are coins for 10, 5, 3, 1 in Kyrgyzstan.