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

October 2020 | 72 pages | ID: NDBFDC923F88EN
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North Korea tightens control of information access

North Korea possesses an underdeveloped yet growing market. The sector has been supported by some foreign investment, including the Egyptian telecoms investment company Orascom Telecom Holdings.

The country has taken steps towards developing a digital economy as part of efforts to modernize its economy and generate export income, especially in the field of IT services. The e-commerce website Manmulsang provides delivery services to all parts of the country.

Communications with the outside world is restricted as citizens are only able to receive news through government-controlled TV channels and radio station, as well as the government-controlled Intranet. A two-tier system applies in the mobile sector, wherein domestic users are unable to make international calls or access the internet while international users cannot make domestic calls. These restrictions are aimed at controlling the flow of information. The same focus on control prompted the government to abandon GSM services for 3G, given the wider facility with which it can monitor 3G calls. Although the 3G network provides near universal population coverage, the number of subscribers remains relatively low.

Key developments:
  • Social media activity fall under tightening control;
  • E-commerce and e-education initiatives expand;
  • Mobile broadband growth hampered by limited usability of networks;
Companies mentioned in this report:

North Korea Post and Telecommunications Corp (NKPTC), NEAT&T, Sunnet, Loxley Pacific, Lancelot Holdings, Orascom, Star JV
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 REGIONAL ASIAN MARKET COMPARISON

3 COUNTRY OVERVIEW

4 TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET

4.1 Market overview and analysis
4.2 Historical overview

5 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

5.1 Overview

6 MOBILE MARKET

6.1 Background
6.2 Mobile statistics
6.3 Mobile infrastructure
6.4 Major mobile operators
6.5 Mobile handsets

7 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

7.1 Background
7.2 Market developments
7.3 Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
7.4 Revival of the .kp domain

8 DIGITAL ECONOMY

8.1 Korea Computing Centre (KCC)
8.2 Personal computer production
8.3 E-education
8.4 E-commerce and E-payments

9 DIGITAL MEDIA

9.1 Broadcasting market
9.2 Social media

10 FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS

10.1 Lancelot Holdings
10.2 Loxley Pacific (Loxpac)

11 TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

11.1 National telecom network
11.2 International infrastructure

12 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

13 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

14 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities North Korea 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of North Korea's GDP 2010 2020
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Table 4 Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2015 - 2025
Table 5 Historic - Koryolink revenue, EBITDA, CAPEX 2012 - 2015
Table 6 Historic Koryolink ARPU 2012 - 2014
Table 7 Historic - Koryolink quarterly revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, capex 2009 - 2011
Table 8 Historic - Koryolink quarterly subscribers, MoU and ARPU 2009 2014
Table 9 Historic Koryolink ARPU 2000 - 2009
Chart 1 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
Chart 2 Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per capita
Chart 3 Telecoms Maturity Index Northern Asia
Chart 4 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2025
Exhibit 1 Key Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Northern Asia - Key Characteristics of Telecoms Markets by Country
Exhibit 3 Map of North Korea


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