Communications in Bermuda

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Bermuda has five television stations, a small cable microwave system, three cellular services, three submarine cables, two satellite earth stations, and four Internet service providers.

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Telephone

  • Calling code: 1 441
  • Telephones - main lines in use: 57,700 (2006)
  • Telephones - mobile cellular: 60,100 (2006)
  • Telephone system:
    • general assessment: good
    • domestic: fully automatic telephone system; fiber optic trunk lines
    • international: country code - 1-441; landing point for the Atlantica-1 telecommunications submarine cable that extends from the US to Brazil; satellite earth stations - 3 (2007)

Bermuda's telephone system is part of the North American Numbering Plan -- calls between Bermuda, the USA, Canada and most of the Caribbean requires the caller dialling "1", then the 3-digit area code, then the 7-digit number.

Radio

  • Radio broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 3, shortwave 1 (2009)

There are two main broadcasting companies in Bermuda: the Bermuda Broadcasting Company (BBC, not to be confused with the British Broadcasting Corporation) and DeFontes Broadcasting Ltd.. The BBC owns four "most listened to" radio stations, two with the callsign ZFB and two with the callsign ZBM. VSB owns a few radio stations with the VSB callsign. One of BBC's popular stations include Power 95 (94.9). It plays mostly hip hop, R&B, and reggae. It has been popular over the years, until competition from Hott 107.5 began. DeFontes' main FM station is Mix 106.1 (VSB-FM). The station plays a variety of music, although mostly adult contemporary and top 40.

Two new licenses were also given out by the government in April 2004 to Inter-Island Communications and LLT Broadcasting. Inter-Island Communications operates Hott 107.5 FM, which plays a mixture of R&B, hip hop, reggae and some gospel. Overnight Hott 107.5 FM became the number one radio station in Bermuda and has maintained that position. The Programme Director for the station is Elroy RC Smith, formerly of WGCI-FM of Chicago, Illinois, who is widely respected as one of the top PD in America. The station has a free stream on their website. Inter-Island Communications Ltd. expanded their coup of the established stations by launching its Adult Contemporary station, MAGIC 102.7 FM in February, 2007 which has quickly become the favourite easy listening station.

The Government of Bermuda's Maritime Operations Centre has also set up a shortwave radio station in 2007 (call-sign: ZBR), [1]

LLT Broadcasting operates a jazz station (KJAZ 98.1 FM, which has successfully captured a large segment of the mature listeners of the BBC stations. The station streams live at www.bdaradio.com.

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