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The country has a highways system that is around 12,730 km in total length in which 10,973 km are paved. The main cities are linked by highways, but they are greatly in need of repair. Fuel shortages also add to the difficulty of motor vehicle transportation. The railroads are one of the main means of transportation around the country. The major junctions are located in Balti, Basarabeasca, Bender, Chisinau, Ocnita and Ungheni. Outside the country, the rails are linked to Odessa in the Ukraine as well as the Romanian cities of Lasi and Galati. The major and international airport is located at the capital of Chisinau. There are also water transportation systems in the Prut and Nistru rivers.

According to the World Economic forum the country’s road are in dire need of repair. The railway remains single track and has not yet been electrified. The railway has not been overhauled since the Soviet days. The speed of passenger trains averages only to 35 to 40 kph. However, since 2003 new railway lines connecting Chisinau to Southern Moldova and then to the Giurgiulesti oil terminal is being constructed. The initial phase, which is the Revaca-Cainari 40 km line, was opened in 2006. However, the Moldovan authorities do not control the Kuchurhan crossing and segments of Tighina-Tiraspol-Kuchurhan, instead the Transnistrian separatist have control over them.

The country achieved its first million mobile phone users in 2005 and by the start of 2009 there are more than a million internet users around the country. Moldova has the distinction of being the first country to have high definition voice services for mobile phones.

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