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North Korea - Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics


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The North Korea - Telecoms Market Overview and Statistics report includes all BuddeComm research data and analysis on this country. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.


Executive summary

The development of the telecoms sector in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is seriously impeded by the country’s parlous economic state and the government’s general repression of communications. North Korea’s obsession with secrecy has made it extremely difficult to get a clear picture of the sector. Very limited mobile services began in late 2002, but citizens were banned from using mobile phones eighteen months later. In a surprising development Egypt’s Orascom Holdings was awarded a 3G WCDMA licence in 2008 and started commercial operations in 2009. This report provides an overview on telecoms in North Korea and the 3G operations of kyryolink.

  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Country statistics North Korea - 2010
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2010
    • Table Mobile statistics - March 2010
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • Country overview
      • Table North and South Korea GDP growth rates - 1990; 1995; 2000 - 2009
  • Telecommunications market
    • Overview of North Korea's telecom market
    • Relationship with South Korea and the world
  • Regulatory environment
  • network operators
    • Lancelot Holdings
    • Loxley Pacific (Loxpac)
    • Shin Satellite Corp
    • Egypt's Orascom Telecoms Holding
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • National telecom network
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1990; 2000; 2005; 2010
      • North-South connections to 2000
    • International infrastructure
      • Satellite networks
      • International calls
  • Internet market
    • Background
    • Korea Computing Centre (KCC)
    • Kwangmyong
    • Overview 2010
    • Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Broadcasting market
    • Overview
    • TV stations
    • Satellite TV
  • Mobile communications
    • Overview of North Korea's mobile market
      • Table North Korea mobile subscribers 2003; 2008 - 2010
    • Koryolink 3G network
      • Table Koryolink quarterly revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, capex - 2009 - 2010
      • Table Koryolink quarterly subscribers, MoU and ARPU - 2009 - 2010

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