Telecoms news from Korea, North
The North Korean government has slightly relaxed its tight restrictions on mobile phones, and will now allow the limited number of foreign visitors into the country to bring their own mobile phones with them. ...more.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has launched an unprecedented multi-agency campaign to crack down on illegal cell phones along the country's border with China by tracking signals and sending security forces to nab the callers, according to sources in the area. ...more.
The tech world was abuzz on June 27 with the unveiling of Google's tablet, the Nexus 7. But there could be another kid on the scrappy tablet-market block: the Samjiyon. ...more.
North Korea has seen a quantum leap in mobile phone imports but experts do not see it as a trigger for an opening up of the reclusive society emerging from the death of dictator Kim Jong Il. ...more.
It's majority shareholder, Orascom Telecom said that in Q1 2011, koryolink has successfully reached and crossed the half million subscriber mark closing the quarter with an ending base of over 535,000 subscribers. ...more.
Mobile phone users in South Korea found their phones were unable to connect to GPS services last Friday and in some cases found network based clocks were being reset at irregular times. ...more.
Reports coming out of North Korea suggest that foreign visitors to the reclusive country are being barred from renting mobile phones in the country. ...more.
North Korea has started manufacturing its own mobile phones as demand for Orascom Telecom's mobile network in the reclusive country continues to surprise onlookers. ...more.
SKorea blocks access to NKorea's Twitter account, calling it breach of security law ...more.
The North Korean mobile network, koryolink is reported to have expanded its network to several additional cities in addition to the capital, Pyongyang. ...more.
A North Korean firing squad publicly executed a factory worker for sneaking news out of the reclusive communist country via his illicit mobile phone, Seoul-based radio said Thursday. ...more.
North Korea has launched a crackdown on would-be defectors and on Chinese mobile phones used by its own people along the northern border with China, according to several North Korean sources. ...more.
Demand for mobile phones in the secretive North Korea has continued to remain strong, with the sole mobile network in the country, koryolink reporting that its subscriber base had reached 69,261 at the end of September. ...more.
Orascom Telecom has confirmed that its North Korean subsidiary, koryolink's subscriber base stood at 47,850 by the end of Q2. ...more.
Mobile phones are proving surprisingly popular in the reclusive North Korea since they were launched late last year, although party officials have apparently been barred from using them. ...more.
The North Korean council for reconciliation and cooperation with the South has set up a mobile internet site to promote its news agenda and provide a propaganda image service. ...more.
Egypt's Orascom Telecom has reported a 66 percent drop in its first-quarter profits to US$72 million - largely due to local currency devaluations against the US Dollar. Revenues dropped by 4 percent to US$1.2 billion. ...more.
North Korea has begun limited Internet service for mobile phone users, a government Web site reported, months after launching an advanced network in cooperation with an Egyptian telecommunications company. ...more.
It has been reported that the 3G network launched late last year in North Korea has already signed up some 20,000 subscribers. ...more.
North Korea is getting a state-of-the art mobile phone network courtesy of an Egyptian telecoms giant, raising questions about who will be making calls and sending text messages in a country where the vast majority of people are believed banned from using cell phones. ...more.