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North Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

North Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

North Korea's Telecoms Market continues to struggle

North Korea possesses an underdeveloped yet growing market which has markedly improved in recent years as noted by growing mobile penetration. North Korea's telecoms infrastructure developed largely through foreign investment.

The market penetration of fixed lines in service in North Korea has been gradually declining over the past 10 years, although the overall number of fixed lines in services has remained stable. Fixed broadband penetration remains relatively low in North Korea compared to other Asian nations.

The North Korean mobile market has seen strong growth over the past five years however from a very small base compared to other Asian countries.

CHEO Technology (Koryolink), reportedly halted operations and transferred its subscriber base to the nation's only other MNO, GSM services provider Kang Song NET which is believed to be a wholly state-owned company.

Egypt's Orascom Investment Holdings announced that it has been granted an exemption from the United Nations (UN) to continue to operate CHEO Technology (Koryolink), its JV mobile business with North Korea's Post and Telecommunication Company.

Moderate to strong growth is predicted over the next five years to 2023, however mobile penetration in North Korea is predicted to remain well below that of other Asian nations due to government restrictions.

North Korea has taken steps towards developing a digital economy as part of efforts to modernize its economy as well as a means to generate export income, especially in the field of IT services. E-education initiatives have been launched to improve access to learning while e-commerce sites have launched.

North Korea's mobile market is a major driver of telecoms infrastructure development. A 3G only network has been deployed providing almost universal population coverage. Fibre optic links connect major cities and network capacity has been upgraded using fibre optic technology platforms such as Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM).

Key developments:

CHEO Technology (Koryolink), reportedly halted operations and transferred its subscriber base to the nation's only other MNO.
Egypt's Orascom Investment Holdings was granted an exemption from the UN to continue to operate CHEO Technology (Koryolink).
The percentage of fixed lines in service in North Korea has been steadily declining over the past 10 years.
The North Korean mobile market has seen strong growth over the past five years however from a very small base compared to other countries.

Companies mentioned in this report:

North Korea Post and Telecommunications Corp (NKPTC); NEAT&T; SUN NET; Loxley Pacific; Lancelot Holdings; Orascom, Star JV.


1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Regional Market Comparison
4.3 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Overview
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Lancelot Holdings
6.2 Loxley Pacific (Loxpac)
6.3 Shin Satellite Corp
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Satellite
8. Fixed-line broadband and internet market
8.1 Background
8.2 Market Developments
8.3 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
8.4 Revival of the .kp domain
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market Overview and Analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics and Market Forecast
9.3 Mobile Broadband statistics and Market Forecast
10. Mobile infrastructure
10.1 3G
11. Major mobile operators
11.1 Sunnet
11.2 Koryolink
11.3 Byol
12. Mobile content and applications
13. Mobile handsets
13.1 North Korea's answer to the tablet
14. Digital economy
14.1 Korea Computing Centre (KCC)
14.2 Personal computer production
14.3 E-education
14.4 E-commerce and E-payments
15. Digital Media
15.1 Broadcasting market
15.1.1 Overview
15.1.2 TV stations
15.1.3 Satellite TV
15.2 Videostreaming
15.3 Social media
15.3.1 Twitter
15.3.2 Facebook
15.3.3 YouTube
15.4 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
15.4.1 North Korea on Google Maps
16. Related reports
List of Tables,Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities 2018 (e)
Table 2 Top Level Country Statistics 2018 (e)
Table 3 Fixed lines in service and penetration 1990; 2000 - 2018
Table 4 Fixed Broadband Subscribers and Penetration 2015 - 2018
Table 5 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 2023
Table 6 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2015 2023
Table 7 Historic - Koryolink revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX 2012 - 2015
Table 8 Historic Koryolink ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 9 Historic - Koryolink quarterly revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, capex 2009 - 2011
Table 10 Historic - Koryolink quarterly subscribers, MoU and ARPU 2009 2014
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 3 Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration - Northern Asia (selected countries)
Chart 4 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2009 - 2023
Chart 5 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2015 - 2023
Exhibit 1 Map of North Korea
Exhibit 2 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 3 Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country

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