August 13, 2010
Cell phones become more popular in N. Korea
The number of North Koreans with a state-approved cell phone topped 185,000 as of the end of June, operator Orascom Telecom said Thursday, as more citizens have mobile access after a recent government expansion of services, reports The Korea Times.
...Services have expanded to several cities other than Pyongyang and that 184,531 subscribers had signed up as of June 30.
Sixty percent of citizens now technically have access to the services, but the network reportedly excludes cities near the border with South Korea as authorities fear the proximity could allow cross-border communication.
The number of subscribers has increased by some 60,000 since March and almost quadrupled from the same month last year.
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