Orascom Telecom has confirmed that its North Korean subsidiary, koryolink's subscriber base stood at 47,850 by the end of Q2. In order to capitalize on the subscriber growth momentum, in the second quarter of 2009 koryolink introduced further reduction in connection fees as well as free SMS for the first time. Additionally, the mix of free minutes was revised to satisfy customer requirements.
Over the second-quarter, while minutes of use rose to 199 per month, the ARPU fell to US$22.8, from US$24.7 in Q1. The financial figure is based on the official exchange rate between the North Korean Won (KPW) and US$.
koryolink retail network currently consists of 2 large sales shops strategically located in downtown Pyongyang with 3 additional scratch card sales outlets located within KPTC post office shops. koryolink plans to expand the indirect sales network through the inauguration of 6 more outlets within KPTC shops. A separate after sales service shop is planned for Q3.
Local news media also added that the company is expanding its network. Citing the North's Korean Central Broadcasting Station, the Yonhap News Agency said that fiber-optic cables have been laid in all provinces to "upgrade communication capability and quality" and that mobile communication networks are "being established on a national scale,".
Source: Cellular News