Economy, Transportation and Communications
Moanda, Congo River, national television network, Pointe-Noire, radio receivers
Although broken by rapids, the Congo River and its tributaries provide a major and highly developed transportation network. The Congo-Ocean Railroad (510 km/317 mi) links Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire; a 286-km (178-mi) spur links the line to Moanda, Gabon. Only a small percentage of the 12,800 km (7,954 mi) of roads are paved. The road network is densest in the south. International airports serve Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.
There are 6 daily newspapers published in the Congo. The government radio station broadcasts from Brazzaville, and a national television network began transmission in 1963. In 1997 there were an estimated 126 radio receivers and 12 television sets for every 1,000 people. There were 7 telephone mainlines per 1,000 people in 2000.
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