Skip to comments.Secretive North Korea opens up to cellphones (1 million now?)
Posted on 11/21/2011 5:57:28 PM PST by dynachrome
SEOUL (Reuters) - Secretive North Korea is expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year, barely four years after people were thrown into prison camps, or possibly even executed, for owning one.
Most of the users are in the capital of Pyongyang, home to the impoverished country's elite and powerful who have the cash to splash out for a device and the calling fees.
"There has been an astronomical increase since even two years ago," said Michael Hay, a lawyer and business consultant based in the capital for the past seven years.
Two years ago, there were less than 70,000 users.
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For a country where electricity is rare and freedom is all but non-existent.
Your take on 1 million cellphones in N. Korea? (if the numbers aren’t phony)
The only way for international calls is through a certain switchboard, that is tightly controlled.
Hackers will overcome?
doubtful. I wonder if those who live near the border might get a SK signal?
China and N Korea have some of the best hackers, on the government payroll.
Well, gov and party elite and their families may be 500,000.
Anyway, gov probably have 500,000 agents listening calls unless Cisco provided some nice tools for them.
“live near the border might get a SK signal” or even a rogue Chicom signal. Kind of wild west at their border.
I suppose this is leapfrogging from the 1950’s technology to modern tech. Probably 99% of this is inside of the “walled city” Pyongyang for party loyalists.
1 million I have to question. I would think the party elite and military communication centers would be it. 100,000 sounds about maximum, but who knows what really happens in the Hermit Kingdom.
Well, cell phones have tended to take off very quickly in poor and underdeveloped nations. The lack of conventional infrastructure means that cell phone networks, which tend to be fairly inexpensive to set up, and which are pretty decentralized, are a real hit. Heck, even Somalia has a well developed cell network.
“expected to register the one millionth cellphone user on its new 3G network by the end of the year”
I have my doubts.
Over the past few months I have seen two documentary
programs on North Korea.
The first was rather glowing, with scenes of a peaceful, clean, and pleasant country of happy people.
The one that was on last night showed views of a very depressing country, especially the sickening health care.
You get into a hospital only to die.
The happy faces were only at the end of a propaganda gun.
At the main boarder crossing, the protocol looks like something one would expect between heaven and hell.
They can communicate only by megaphone.
Other Communist countries look like heaven compared to
I think their entire budget is for military and propaganda photos of the dear leader.
I have no idea how this last film made it out of the country.
“one that was on last night”
Was that the documentary “kimjongphilia”?
Brave people took those images.
Dunno. A good bet would be the same way that the government of Iran does.
“Was that the documentary kimjongphilia?”
I did not notice the name, or even the program.
Maybe Natl. Geo? Discovery? Yes it was last night, my time.
I have new Gsat here.
It is great service with movies, Nat. Geo, Discovery, FOX news, Aljazzera, and (NO CNN)haha.
20 channels in all.
the one I saw was on the “Documentary Channel” on Dish
“the one I saw was on the Documentary Channel on Dish”
Likely the same program.
This one had the boarder crossing point, farming, hospital, and boarder escape scenes, probably by the guys escaping.
My G Sat has 29 channels
I do not have the additional HD channels