general assessment: telecommunications infrastructure is being upgraded;
domestic: fixed-line penetration remains low and concentrated in urban areas; multiple mobile-cellular service providers with 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 available in major towns and some villages at Internet cafes. Internet country code is kg.
Post office hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1800. The Main Post Office in Bishkek is open between 9:00-19:00 and located on 96, Chui avenue, Tel.: 662356. Visitors can also use the post offices situated in the major hotels. There are also a number of independent international courier services based in Bishkek. Some alternative carriers are DHL, Federal Express (FedEx), UPS, and Overseas Courier Service (OCS).
Regular mail (letters, newspapers and magazines) will be delivered to your apartment or house every day except Sundays and official national holidays. If you are sent a package though, it will not be delivered to your apartment/house, but instead you'll receive a notification that it arrives to your local post office where you can pick it up from.
Media in Kyrgyzstan:
The media of Kyrgyzstan experience greater freedom compared to neighboring countries in the region, and the constitution guarantees freedom of the press and prohibits censorship.
state-run TV broadcaster operates 2 nationwide networks and 6 regional stations; roughly 20 private TV stations operating with most rebroadcasting other channels; state-run radio broadcaster operates 2 networks; about 20 private radio stations (2007)