North Korea - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
North Koreas mobile subscriber market continues to grow strongly from a small base
North Korea possesses an underdeveloped yet growing market which has markedly improved in recent years as noted by growing mobile penetration. North Koreas telecoms infrastructure developed largely through foreign investment, most significantly by Thai investors and more recently, Egyptian telecoms investment company Orascom
The North Korean mobile market has seen strong growth over the past five years however from a very small base compared to other countries. Penetration has increased from 4.1% in 2011 to 11.2% in 2014, 12.9% in 2015 and 13.8% in 2016. Mobile subscriber penetration is predicted to increase to strongly over the next two years to 2018.
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 in 2015.
The percentage of fixed lines in service in North Korea has been steadily declining over the past 10 years from 4.9% in 2007 to 4.7% in 2016.
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. Specific initiatives include domestic production of computers, mobile phones and a Linux operating system. E-education initiatives have been launched to improve access to learning while e-commerce sites have launched to improve convenience in ordering products and services.
North Koreas 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. However Orascom, the majority owner of North Korean mobile operator Koryolink, revealed in late-2015 it had effectively lost control of its North Korean operations.
The percentage of fixed lines in service in North Korea has been steadily declining over the past 10 years.
The North Korean mobile market has seen strong growth over the past five years however from a very small base compared to other countries.
North Korea launches HDTV broadcasts;
E-commerce and e-education initiatives have been launched;
OTMT loses control of Koryolink.
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Table of Contents
1. Executive summary
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market Overview and Analysis
4.2 Historical overview
5. Regulatory environment
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Lancelot Holdings
6.2 Loxley Pacific (Loxpac)
6.3 Shin Satellite Corp
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
8. Fixed-line broadband and internet market
8.1 Market overview
8.2 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
8.3 Revival of the .kp domain
9. Mobile market
9.1 Market Overview and Analysis
9.1.1 Mobile phone costs
9.2 Mobile statistics
10. Mobile infrastructure
11. Major mobile operators
12. Mobile content and applications
13. Mobile handsets
13.1 North Koreas answer to the tablet
14. Digital economy
14.1 Korea Computing Centre (KCC)
14.2 Personal computer production
14.4 E-commerce and E-payments
15. Digital Media
15.1 Broadcasting market
15.1.2 TV stations
15.1.3 Satellite TV
15.3 Social media
15.4 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
15.4.1 North Korea on Google Maps
16. Related reports
Companies mentioned in this report:
North Korea Post and Telecommunications Corp (NKPTC); NEAT&T; SUN NET; Loxley Pacific; Lancelot Holdings; Orascom, Star JV.