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Joint venture
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 2008
Headquarters Pyongyang
Area served
Pyongyang, and five additional cities and eight highways and railways.
Products Telephony, Mobile Network Access
Revenue US$ 5.8 million[citation needed]
Parent Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (75%)
Korea Posts and Telecommunications Corporation
Website intranet Homepage Kwangmyung

Koryolink (Korean: 고려링크, styled as koryolink) is a North Korean wireless telecommunications provider. A joint venture between the Egyptian company Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) and the state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC), Koryolink is the first 3G mobile operator in North Korea.[citation needed] It offers service in Pyongyang and five additional cities as well as along eight highways and railways. Phone numbers on the network are prefixed with +850 (0)1912. Despite being a 3G network, there is no Internet access (only Intranet 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]


Woman using Koryolink mobile phone network in Pyongyang

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]

In 2015 subscriber number exceeded 3 millions and network was profitable. However the Government of North Korea refused permission to transfer profits from North Korea to Orascom and even started a second carrier to compete with Koryolink. As result Orascom in its financial result reported, that it lost control over Koryolink's activities.[7]

Use by foreigners[edit]

On February 26, 2013, Koryolink launched its internet service for foreigners.[8] On March 29, 2013, Koryolink restricted Internet service for foreigners.[9]



  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. ^ Williams, Martyn (18 November 2015). "How a telecom investment in North Korea went horribly wrong". Network World. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Park Seong Guk (26 February 2013). "Daily NK - Koryolink Mobile Internet Launched". Daily NK. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Cho Jong Ik (29 March 2013). "Daily NK - Tourist Internet Cut after a Month". Daily NK. Retrieved 6 April 2013.