Sili Bank

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Sili Bank
Founded September 12, 2001
Website http://www.silibank.com[dead link]
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 實利銀行
Simplified Chinese 实利银行
Literal meaning True Profit Bank
Korea 626 Shenyang Co.
Traditional Chinese 朝鮮626技術服務所瀋陽辦事處
Simplified Chinese 朝鲜626技术服务所沈阳办事处
Japanese name
Kanji 実利銀行

Sili Bank is a company based in China. The company provides email services in both China and North Korea by maintaining dedicated servers in both countries. Established in September 12, 2001,[1] Sili Bank also known as the Korea 626 Shenyang Co. is a financial institution based in Chilbosan/Qibaoshan Hotel (Chinese: 七宝山饭店) in Shenyang, Liaoning, China, closely related to the government of North Korea.

Etymology[edit]

The name sili (Chinese: ) means "true profit" in both Chinese and Korean.

Services[edit]

In 2001, it was initially limited to those who want to exchange e-mails with trade companies or government agencies. As of May 10, 2003, the fee for sending an e-mail to North Korea from abroad, was 0.1 euros per kilobyte for up to 40 kilobytes, and 0.02 euros for each additional kilobyte in each e-mail transmission.[2] The minimum charge per e-mail was 1 euro (for an e-mail having a size up to 10 kilobytes). Customers must first pre-register with Sili Bank with prepayment for estimated usage over a three-month period to the webmaster Li Mingchun (Chinese: 李明春). Sili Bank only allows e-mail relay between registered users of the service.[3]

North Korea[edit]

Since October 8, 2001, the webmail provider began offering a limited electronic mail relay service to and from North Korea, where Internet access is limited.[4] Along with Chesin.com, Sili Bank appears to be one of only two e-mail gateways to DPRK.

Infrastructure[edit]

Sili Bank maintains dedicated servers in Pyongyang and Shenyang, between which e-mail transmissions are exchanged once every 10 minutes (when the service commenced, this was hourly).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 북한의 국어 정보화. hangeulmuseum.org (in Korean). Retrieved May 8, 2014. [ ]
  2. ^ "n/a". Retrieved May 8, 2014. [dead link]
  3. ^ "n/a". Retrieved May 8, 2014. [dead link]
  4. ^ "La Corée du Nord teste un service e-mail [02/11/2001]". multimedia.dna.fr (in French). Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "China-based website offers e-mail links to isolated North Korea". highbeam.com (in French). November 1, 2001. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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