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Communications

Roads:

Belize has four major highways, the Northern Highway connecting Belize City with Orange Walk and Corozal Towns and to Chetumal on the Mexican Border; the Western Highway connecting Belize City with Belmopan and continuing to Santa Elena/San Ignacio and Benque Viejo del Carmen then to the border with Guatemala; the Southern Highway linking the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts and the Hummingbird Highway which links Cayo with the Stann Creek District. All principal towns and villages are linked by roads to Belmopan and Belize City. 

Regular bus services operate to and from all main towns and villages.

Inland Waterways:
Several rivers and lagoons are navigable by shallow draught vessels. The Belize River was once used for logging.

Air:

The main airport, Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, is situated 10 miles from Belize City, and is owned by the Government and operated by the Belize Airports Authority. Regular international services are maintained by five airlines to and from the United States of America, Central America and Mexico. Domestic air services provide connections to all main towns and to four of the offshore islands. 

A modern weather radar system, part of the World Meteorological Network, gives early warning of approaching hurricanes. The Belize Weather Bureau is now equipped with satellite communication facilities to assist in weather forecasting.

Sea:

The main port is in Belize City, now equipped with a modern deep-water port which is capable of handling containerized shipping. Nine major shipping lines move cargo to and from Belize to Central and North America, Europe and Japan. The second largest port, Commerce Bight just South of Dangriga, has been improved to accommodate the medium sized vessels required to handle increased exports of bananas and citrus products. A new port has been built at Big Creek. Coastal services are operated between towns and villages on the mainland to some of the offshore islands, and to Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. 

Telecommunications:
The Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), a public limited company, owns the automatic telephone service which covers the entire country. BTL operates a regional service to Mexico, Guatemala and Central and South America, as well as all other external services. A recent expansion programme has doubled the capacity of the telephone system. A satellite earth station in Belmopan provides high quality telecommunications with the outside world.

The Public Utilities Commission acts on behalf of the Government in monitoring and regulating all telecommunication services within Belize, including the assignment of frequencies.