North Korean TV expands satellite transmissions

Korean Central Television has appeared on a satellite above the Atlantic Ocean, extending coverage of its live signal to the Americas and Europe. The TV channel, which is North Korea’s main state-run TV service, began broadcasting on Intelsat 21 earlier in April, according to monitoring [...]
Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in May 2014 (UN Photo)

North Korea launches online shopping site

North Korea has launched an e-commerce site on its nationwide intranet, KCNA said Wednesday. The site, which is accessible via PC and mobile telephone, is called 옥류 (Okryu) and includes consumer goods, medicine and food items. Users can search for goods they want to buy and also schedule delivery, [...]

Voice of Korea schedule for mid-2015

Voice of Korea, North Korea’s international shortwave broadcasting station, will use the following schedule from March 29 for roughly six months. The broadcasts follow the same basic line-up each day. :00 Opening signal, station identification: “This is Voice of Korea” :01 National Anthem :03 Song [...]

CIA not talking on North Korean Internet outage

In late December, just a few days after the U.S. government accused North Korea of being behind the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, North Korea’s sole connection to the Internet was disrupted for nine and a half hours. At the time, there was speculation that the American government might be [...]
A satellite image of a wind farm in Kwail Country (Image: Google Maps)

State media shows off solar and wind power plant

A visit by Kim Jong Un to inspect KPA Air Force Unit 1016 has provided a closer look at a new solar power plant built alongside an existing wind power plant. KCNA carried a handful of images of the visited, but more were broadcast by Korean Central TV during its evening news program. Here’s one of [...]

BBC World Service still mulling North Korean service

The BBC World Service is still exploring ways to launch programming aimed at North Korea. The broadcaster had previously said budget cuts are hampering efforts to get its news and information programming into the country, but a new report makes clear the country remains an expansion target. Any BBC [...]

Smartphone imports from China said to have hit record in 2014

Imports of smartphones from China into North Korea hit a record in 2014, according to a report by Yonhap News. The South Korean news agency said North Korea bought smartphones worth US$82.8 million from China last year, according to figures from the Seoul-based Korea International Trade Association [...]
North Korean Internet connectivity problems on January 26, 2015. (Illustration: Dyn Research)

More Internet problems hit North Korea

North Korea’s Internet connection is experiencing problems again, leading to difficulties in connecting to North Korean websites from outside of the country, according to data from Dyn Research. Users inside North Korea are also presumably having trouble reaching sites in the rest of the world. The [...]
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