Infrastructure

Bogotá has four specialty TV channels: Canal Capital, CityTV (carbon copy of CityTV in Toronto), Canal 13 and Tele-amiga, plus five national channels: Caracol, RCN, Canal Uno (privately run), plus Señales Institucionales and Señal Colombia (publically run). It also has multiple satellite television service from DirecTV and Telefonica. Cable TV distribution is provided mostly by Telmex (formerly TV Cable and Superview Cablecentro), as well as Venezuelan Super Cable and satellite dish companies which offer hundreds of international channels and several exclusive channels for Bogotá.

In the capital, all of the major radio networks in the country are available, in both AM and FM; 70% of FM stations broadcast in stereo.

Newspapers, include El Tiempo, El Espectador, La Voz Proletaria, Portafolio, El Nuevo Siglo, La Republica, El Periodico and El Espacio; Bogotá Positiva is a free weekly.

Telecommunications services are provided by three main carriers: Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogotá (ETB), Telefónica and Telmex.

Below is the list of services:

  • telephone: ETB, Telmex, and Telecom (owned by Telefónica)
  • Internet: ETB, Telmex, Telecom, Comcel and Movistar
  • mobile: Colombia Móvil - Tigo (co-owned by ETB, Empresas Públicas de Medellín and Millicom), Comcel (owned by Telmex), and Movistar (owned by Telefónica)
  • Cable TV: ETB (in partnership with DirecTV), Telmex, and Telecom


Energy: Electrical power is provided by Empresa de Energía de Bogotá through its operating company Codensa.

Water and sewer: Full water and sewer services are provided by Empresa de Acueducto de Bogotá.

Socio-economical stratums and billing for utilities is stratified, based on the location of owner's residence and income, with the intended purpose that wealthier parts of society subsidize the energy bills of the less wealthy.

Bogota is divided into six socio-economic estratos (stratums):

  • Estrato 1 (lowest)
  • Estrato 2 (low)
  • Estrato 3 (mid-low)
  • Estrato 4 (mid-high)
  • Estrato 5 (high)
  • Estrato 6 (highest)