Koryolink signs up 2.4 million 3G users by 1H14

North Korean mobile operator CHEO Technology (Koryolink) signed up 2.4 million 3G users by 30 June 2014, North Korea Tech reports, citing figures released by the operator’s parent company Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT). Koryolink, which is the country’s sole 3G cellular network operator, launched in December 2008 and claimed one million customers by February 2012; the cellco reached the two million subscriber milestone on 29 May 2013.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Koryolink is a 75/25 joint venture between OTMT of Egypt and state-owned Korea Post & Telecoms Corporation (KPTC). Coverage of Koryolink’s 3G network has been gradually expanded from solely the capital at launch, to a further 15 main cities (including Wonsan, Hamhung, Pyongsong, Anju, Kaechon, Nampo, Sariwon and Haeju), 100 smaller towns and cities, and 22 highways and railways by November 2012 (latest available data at September 2014), equivalent to around 90% of the population, but just 14% of the territory.