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Telecommunication in Côte d'Ivoire is very developed and this country telecommunication network is one of the most important of West Africa and probably of all the African continent.
The international code for Côte d'Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast in English speaking language ) is 225. So, if you are calling from another country, you have to begin your number by + 225 or 00 225.
Note that some mobile numbers start with a "0" i.e. 04 00 00 00 and you need to keep the "0" when dialing the number (+225 04 00 00 00).
There are seven (7) telephone companies in Côte d'Ivoire. Among these companies, there are three (6) mobile companies.
The largest telephone company is COTE D'IVOIRE TELECOM which belongs to FRANCETELECOM and the state of Côte d'Ivoire.
The six (6) mobile phone companies are:
and their is at least one more to come on stream. All those companies are interconnected so that you can call from a company network to another one. Secondhand mobile phones are widely available, and quite cheap. Best places for purchase are the markets in Adjame or Cocody.
You can buy call cards everywhere in the town or at you hotel. The cost of a call depends on the company you are using the network and also on the kind of call (international or national). However, be vary wary of buying cards from street vendors, or at crossroads, as these may well be cards that have been stolen, and not activated. The securest method of topping up your credit on your mobile 'phone is by a telepnone to telephone transfer, where you will see the credit arrive on your account before you hand over cash.
Each mobile company has its own prefix:
You can also make calls atsmall roadside "kiosks" called "cabine téléphonique" (often little more than a plastic chair, and a makeshift table) where call costs ares cheaper than when you use your own mobile phone. At these kiosks, national communication is charged at 100 F CFA per minute ( 1 euro = 655.957 FCA and this rate of exchange is fixed) but the International communication is charged depending on the country you are calling to.
You can also make some international calls by Internet at a lower cost, and even free.
Telephone numbers in Côte d'Ivoire have eight (8) figures.
So, if you want to call for example somebody which is using MTN network in Côte d'Ivoire, you have to dial the number like this:
+ 225 05 90 77 33 + 225 : the international code
05: MTN network prefix
and the other figures 90 77 33
As for the landline numbers, they are also eight (8) figures; but here the prefix depends on the area you are. For example, in Abidjan, somebody who lives in Yopougon can have his telephone number which begin with 23 and another person who lives in Cocody will have his number began by 22 . So, your line number will depends on the area or the city you live. Up country, for example, Bouake is 31, Khorogo is 36, and San Pedro is 34.
You can make calls from Côte d'Ivoire to all the other countries in the world and also receive calls.
Today, Internet and all the new technologies are widely available in Côte d'Ivoire. There are a lot of Cyber Cafes everywhere in Abidjan, but under new legislation to combat cybercriminality, you will be required to give your personal details before connecting.
Skype works quite well in Abidjan, but at peak times in the day the use of a webcam is virtually impossible due to inadequate bandwidth.