Communication

Two major English newspapers The Hindu and The New Indian Express bring out editions from the city. Business Line, a business newspaper also brings out a Coimbatore edition. Tamil newspapers which have Coimbatore editions include Dina Malar, Dina Thanthi, Dina Mani, Dinakaran (all morning newspapers) and Tamil Murasu and Malai Malar (both evening newspapers). Two Malayalam newspapers - Malayala Manorama and Mathrubhumi also have considerable circulation in the city. A short wave radio station is operated by All India Radio, with most programs in Tamil, English and Hindi.

 

        
Five FM radio stations operate from Coimbatore - Rainbow FM from All India Radio, Suryan FM from Sun Network, Radio Mirchi, Radio City, and Hello FM.All these private radio stations air exclusively Tamil based programs, including film music. The range of these stations cover Coimbatore, Erode and Nilgiri districts of Tamil Nadu and Palakkad and Wayanad districts of Kerala. Television relay started in 1985 from Delhi Doordarshan. In 1986, after inception of a repeater tower at Kodaikanal, telecast from Madras Doordarshan commenced.

The people of Coimbatore witnessed the 1980 Olympics and 1983 Cricket World Cup on a giant screen in VOC Park when the city-based UMS developed a dish antenna for satellite signal reception. Currently television reception is through DTH or by cable, while Doordarshan reception is still available using an external antenna. In 2005, Doordarshan opened its studio in Coimbatore. Coimbatore has a well connected communications infrastructure. Till the 1990s the state owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was the only telecommunition service provider in the city. In the 1990s, private telecom companies too started offering their services besides BSNL, fixed line telephone services are offered by Reliance Communications and Bharti Airtel.

Dial up internet connections were first introduced in 1996 and broadband internet in 2005. As of now, BSNL, Reliance Communications, Bharti Airtel, Tata Teleservices,Aircel, Vodaphone, Tata docamo and others all offer broadband service through fixed lines and mobiles;MTS offers mobile broadband alone.Cellular telephony was first introduced in 1997 at Coimbatore.Mobile telephone services available in the city include both CDMA and GSM connections.


 

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