Since the 1980s, the Tibet Autonomous Region has speeded up the construction of posts and telecommunications. Lhasa has joined the international and domestic automatic telephone network, and through program-controlled telephones, people can directly dial various places in China and more than 180 countries and regions. In addition, Tibet maintains express mail services with more than 200 large and medium-sized cities in the country. There are also two international post lines, leading to neighboring countries via Zham Port and Yadong.
A Tibetan woman calls his son who studies in the hinterland of China. Mobile phone service develops and users do not have to pay for receiving calls using mobile phones beginning in March 2007.
Recent years have seen constant improvement of the telecommunications service level in the farming and pastoral areas. In 2006, Tibet invested 1.447 billion Yuan for the communication construction in the farming and pastoral areas. Telephone lines now link 2,112 administrative villages, accounting for 35.59 percent of the total in Tibet. In 2006, the total value of postal services and telecommunications business in Tibet reached 2.155 billion Yuan, an increase of 30.7 percent over the previous year. This included 113 million Yuan of postal services, up 8.2 percent, and 2.042 billion Yuan of telecommunications business, a rise of 32.2 percent. In the year, 56,900 phone lines were added, bringing the total capacity to 394,400 lines. The number of additional fixed telephone subscribers was 156,700, bringing the total number to 682,200 including 649,700 urban subscribers and 32,500 rural ones. A total of 140,000-line mobile phone exchanges were added, bringing the total capacity to 800,000. There are 605,500 mobile users, 136,200 of which were added in 2006. At the end of the year, the total number of the fixed and mobile telephone subscribers reached 1.2877 million, an increase of 292,900 over the previous year and the telephone popularization rate reached 46.5 per 100 persons.