Telecommunications have developed rapidly. Currently, a program-controlled telephone switching system is available in the province’s 10 cities directly under the provincial government, one prefecture and some towns and townships. On September 20, 1994, automatic cellular roaming service was made available in 32 counties and cities across the province.
Radio and TV stations:
The Shanxi People’s Broadcasting Station now broadcasts six sets of daily programs. By the mid-1990s, all counties had set up their own TV stations. There are 159 provincial cable TV stations, as well as 335 cable TV stations run by towns or townships. The number of cable TV subscribers now approaches 700,000.