You can save yourself lots of time and energy by ensuring all telecommunications happen through the state monopoly phone service. Who cares that their equipment dates from the last decade and it takes a year to install a phone? What's important is that you have total access to about any phone conversation or email account you need. Why? Here are some ideas:
1. Find out what people are saying about you.
2. Plant fake emails you can later use to frame people you don't like.
3. Get the skinny on your ministers. Their knowing you listen in will keep them in line. Or at least encourage them to support you, not undermine you.