North Korean 3G customers double in Q2

The number of cellular subscriptions in North Korea more than doubled in the second quarter of this year although average revenue per user (ARPU) fell, Orascom Telecom said.

Koryolink, in which Orascom owns a majority stake, had 47,863 subscribers at the end of June. That’s more than twice as many as at the end of April, when the total stood at 19,208, said Orascom. The Egyptian company owns cellular networks in several developing markets, including a 75 percent stake in Koryolink. The remainder is held by the state-run Korea Posts and Telecommunications Corp.

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