North Korea's 3G userbase doubles in 14 months

North Korea's 3G userbase doubles in 14 months
KoryoLink, the only 3G operator in North Korea has seen strong growth in 3G userbase over the last 14 months, going from 1 million subscribers to 2 million.

The news comes via KoryoLink CEO Ezz Heikal, and later confirmed by a company spokesperson.

Koryo is a joint venture between large Egyptian company Orascom and the state-run Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation (KPTC). KoryoLink begun in 2008 under Kim Jong Il but usage has rocketed since Kim Jong-un took over when his father passed.

Earlier this year, KoryoLink began selling uncensored 3G data packages to foreign business people, but the state stopped the practice just weeks later, leaving new subscribers with useless contracts.

North Koreans are blocked from using the 3G unless they go through the censored national Internet.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Apr 2013 21:40
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