Control of North Korea’s dot-KP Internet top-level domain has been assigned to Star JV, the North Korean-Thai joint venture that’s behind the recent wiring of Pyongyang to the global Internet.
The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), which administers country code domains, updated its database on Monday, May 2, to assign the KP domain to “Star Joint Venture Company.”
This means control for the KP domain now rests with Star JV. Star took control of North Korea’s Internet address space last year and has been building up the North Korean Internet.
Switch of control to Star doesn’t come as a surprise as the company started issuing dot-kp domains in January this year. It’s a further sign that the joint venture between the North Korean government and Thailand’s Loxley Pacific is now responsible for the DPRK’s Internet links with the rest of the world.
The administrative and technical contact details are now listed as:
Star Joint Venture Company
Potonggang2-dong, Potonggang District
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Voice: +8502 381 3180
Fax: +8502 381 4418
That’s the address and contact details of the international relations department of North Korea’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
The website for domain name registration is listed as www.star.co.kp. This website came online in the last few weeks, but it’s still being built.
Administrative control of the domain name was previously held by the Korea Computer Center with technical control in the hands of Jan Holtermann, the German businessman who previously ran a satellite-Internet connection to the country.