• As of 1997, North Korea has a total of 1.1 million lines of domestic telecommunication network, i.e. about 4.82 lines per 100 persons. Its international network of telecommunication consists of the Pyongyang-Beijing and Pyongyang-Moscow wireless lines and Shinuiju-Beijing, Chongjin-Vladivostok wired lines.

  • As for its telecommunication lines with western nations, there are short-wave wireless lines between Pyongyang and Signgapore and Pyongyang and Hong Kong, and a indirect network of telecommunications with the base station in Beijing as the earth station. 

  • It is said that an optical cable line was installed between Pyongyang and Hamheung (300km) in January 1995 and that the work for installation of optical cable and automation of telephones between Pyongyang and Shinuiju was completed in February 1998.

  • North Korea signed up for INTERSPUTNIC for satellite telecommunication in 1984. In 1986, North Korea built the earth station for satellite telecommunication of INTELSAT in Pyongyang with the help of French engineers. In November 1990, North Korea and Japan agreed to commencement of the service for direct satellite circuits and circuits for exclusive use for international communication (3 telephone lines, 10 telex lines and 1 telegraphic lines).

  • As of 1999, North Korea is operating a total of 69 international lines including direct telephone lines with 9 countries, which enables it to be connected with other nations on the basis of relaying via these nine nations.

  • As for the telecommunication lines between the two Koreas, Korea Telecom is providing the service between South Korea and the construction site of the light-water reactor for KEDO in the North. Onse Telecom is providing the telecommunication service between South Korea and Mt. Kumgang in the North via a third country.