North Korea has hit an important milestone, having reached one million mobile phone users. The only mobile operator in the country, Koryolink, has seen a surge in the number of customers, with some 100,000 people signing-up during the each of the last five quarters.
Koryolink, which is 75% owned by Egypt’s Orascom Telecom and 25% by the state-run Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation, said they’re now covering 14% of the country’s landmass, but that equates to around 94% of the population.
It’s good to see that even in places like North Korea, people are adopting mobile technology. However, the image is actually pretty gloomy at the moment — during the 100-day mourning period after the death of former country leader Kim Jong-il, anyone caught using a cell phone will be punished as a “war criminal.” We don’t like that… at all…