Update to previous posting on whether there are cellphones in North Korea.
Orascom Telecom, the Egyptian company that runs Koryolink, North Korea’s only cellphone provider, reported yearly results for 2010 [.pdf from Orascom’s website] that showed nearly a quintupling of subscribers to 431,919 and a 156% increase in revenues to $66 million. Not bad numbers for a company operating in one of the world’s most restrictive countries.
The service now reportedly covers 91% of the population, 15 cities (up from 10 in previous reports), and 22 highways. There is also plenty of room to grow, with less than 2% of the country’s population currently subscribing to the network, though, in one of Asia’s poorest countries, service costs may eventually limit expansion.