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Electricity, Phone, Internet, TV, Radio, Public Transportation, Banking, Postal and Other Services in Honduras

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The basic services provided in Honduras consist of electricity, water and sanitation, transportation and communications. Electricity is provided throughout the country by both the government and private sector, with 50% of generation capacity run by the Empresa Nacional Energla Electrica (ENEE). Only about 69% of the population, however, have access to electricity with 661,582 customers or 94% are in the urban areas, and 327,114 or 45% in the rural areas. The government is implementing a plan to install 400,000 new connections and increase electricity coverage nationwide to 80% in 2015. With this projection, the government is aware that there are certain concerns that it has to address including investments in generation and transmission, reduction of commercial losses such as those caused by electricity theft; and reconciliation of environmental issues with the government’s plan to build new bigger dams and hydropower plants, among others.

The country’s water supply and waste water system is covered by the water law passed in 2003 to give local communities the right and task to operate and manage their own drinking water and waste water facilities. Water supply and sanitation vary from urban centers to the rural villages. In populated areas, the system is modernized but like the rural areas, they have poor water quality because of lack of proper maintenance and treatment. For the transportation sector, the country maintains 699 kilometers of railways, 13,603 kilometers of roadways, seven ports and harbors, and 12 airports with paved and 100 unpaved runways.

Communication is provided by 400,000 landlines, 1.114 million mobile cellular phones, 241 AM and 53 FM radio stations, 11 television broadcast stations, and four major privately owned Spanish newspapers.

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