Telecommunication in North Korea

Compared to the European Union, North Korea is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +850, there were a total of 4.79 million connections in 2016. Among them were 3.61 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.14 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, North Korea is back. Around 0% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 0% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 8.0 webhosts, North Korea is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.

Spread of internet connections in North Korea 1990 - 2014

Landlines in the years 1991 - 2016

Mobile phones in North Korea 1991 - 2016

Spreading in 2016 North Korea
North Korea
Landlines 1.18 m 4.65 % 213.38 m 41.72 %
Mobile cellulars 3.61 m 14.21 % 619.93 m 121.20 %