North Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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North Korea Sees Further Social Media Restrictions
North Korea possesses an underdeveloped yet growing market which has markedly improved in recent years as noted by growing mobile penetration. North Korea’s telecoms infrastructure developed largely through foreign investment, most significantly by Thai investors and Egyptian telecoms investment company Orascom Telecom Holdings.
Communications with the outside world is restricted as everyday citizens are only able to receive news through government-controlled channels such as TV and radio broadcasting as well as the government-controlled Intranet. Technological improvements are evident, most notably through the introduction of high definition TV (HDTV) digital broadcasting.
The North Korean mobile market has seen strong growth over the past six years however from a very small base compared to other Asian countries.
North Korea has taken steps towards developing a digital economy as part of efforts to modernize its economy as well as a means to generate export income, especially in the field of IT services. North Korean e-commerce website Manmulsang now provides delivery services to all parts of the country.
There has been a recent been a sharp drop off in social media activity in North Korea. Facebook and Instagram are almost absent in terms of activity levels in North Korea and Chinese services are being increasingly favoured.
North Korea’s mobile market is a major driver of telecoms infrastructure development. A 3G only network has been deployed providing almost universal population coverage, one of few countries in the world that is able to claim that its entire mobile market is comprised of 3G subscribers. Fibre optic links connect major cities and network capacity has been upgraded using fibre optic technology platforms such as Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM).
Key developments:

There has been a recent been a sharp drop off in social media activity in North Korea.
E-commerce and e-education initiatives have been launched.
Mobile broadband will see moderate growth to 2023.Companies mentioned in this report:
North Korea Post and Telecommunications Corp (NKPTC); NEAT&T; SUN NET; Loxley Pacific; Lancelot Holdings; Orascom, Star JV.


Key statistics Country overview Background Telecommunications market Market Overview and Analysis Regional Market Comparison Historical overview Regulatory environment Overview Fixed network operators Lancelot Holdings Loxley Pacific (Loxpac) Shin Satellite Corp Telecommunications infrastructure National telecom network North-South connections International infrastructure Satellite Fixed-line broadband market Background Market Developments Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Revival of the .kp domain Mobile market Background Mobile statistics and Market Forecast Mobile Broadband statistics and Market Forecast Mobile infrastructure 3G Major mobile operators Sunnet Koryolink / Kang Song Net Byol Mobile content and applications Mobile handsets Digital economy Korea Computing Centre (KCC) Personal computer production E-education E-commerce and E-payments Digital Media Broadcasting market Overview TV stations Satellite TV Social media Overview Twitter Facebook YouTube Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing North Korea on Google Maps Related reportsList of Tables

Table 1 – Country Statistics, Major Operators and Telco Authorities – 2018 (e)
Table 2 – Top Level Country Statistics – 2018 (e)
Table 3 – Historic - North Korea GDP growth rates – 1990; 1995; 2000 – 2014
Table 4 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1990; 2000 - 2017
Table 5 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
Table 6 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2015 - 2023
Table 7 – Historic - Koryolink revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX – 2012 - 2015
Table 8 – Historic Koryolink ARPU – 2012 - 2014
Table 9 – Historic - Koryolink quarterly revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, capex – 2009 - 2011
Table 10 – Historic - Koryolink quarterly subscribers, MoU and ARPU – 2009 – 2014List of Charts

Chart 3 – Telecoms Maturity Index – Northern Asia
Chart 4 – Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2008 - 2023
Chart 5 – Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) – 2015 - 2023List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1 – Map of North Korea
Exhibit 3 – Northern Asia -Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country


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