Koryolink

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Koryolink
고려링크
Type Joint venture
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 2008
Headquarters Pyongyang
Area served Pyongyang, and five additional cities and eight highways and railways.
Products Telephony, GPRS
Revenue US$ 5.8 million in the quarter, before accounting for interest payments, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Parent Global Telecom Holding
Korea Posts and Telecommunications Corporation
Website none

Koryolink (Korean: 고려링크, styled as koryolink), a joint venture between Egyptian company Global Telecom Holding and the state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC), is North Korea's only 3G mobile operator. The Egyptian company owns 75% of Koryolink, and is known to invest in infrastructure for mobile technology in developing countries. It covers Pyongyang, and five additional cities and eight highways and railways. Phone numbers on the network are prefixed with +850 (0)192. Despite being a 3G network, there is no Internet access for domestic users although as of April 2014, mobile internet access for foreigners with limited speed or traffic amount is available at a comparably high price [1]

History[edit]

Orascom Telecom Holding was awarded the licence to establish a 3G mobile network in DPRK in January 2008. Koryolink has deployed its 3G network to initially cover Pyongyang, which has a population of more than 2 million, with an ambitious plan to expand its coverage to the entire country.

At network launch in December 2008, the network had 5,300 subscribers.[2] Orascom reported 432,000 North Korean subscribers after two years of operation (December 2010),[3] increasing to 809,000 by September 2011,[4] and exceeding one million by February 2012.[5] By April 2013 subscriber numbers neared two million.[6]

Use by foreigners[edit]

On February 26, 2013, Koryolink launched its internet service for foreigners.[7] On March 29, 2013, Koryolink restricted Internet service for foreigners.[8]

Sources[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ http://blog.br.de/nordkorea-marathon/2014/04/12/kim-jong-uns-hauptstadt/
  2. ^ http://www.nkeconwatch.com/category/organizaitons/orascom-telecom-holding/
  3. ^ Orascom Telecom Holding First Quarter 2011 Results, page 29 (accessed 20 May 2011)
  4. ^ Orascom Telecom Holding Third Quarter 2011 Results, page 30 (accessed 28 April 2012)
  5. ^ Alaa Shahine (2 February 2012). "Orascom Telecom Media Shares Jump After North Korea Announcement". Bloomberg. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "North Korea embraces 3G service". BBC. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Park Seong Guk (26 February 2013). "Daily NK - Koryolink Mobile Internet Launched". Daily NK. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Cho Jong Ik (29 March 2013). "Daily NK - Tourist Internet Cut after a Month". Daily NK. Retrieved 6 April 2013.