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North Korea’s Korea Central Television (KCTV) has been added to the channels carried by the ChinaSat 12 satellite, NK News has learned.
ChinaSat 12 also carries the KCBS and Voice of Korea radio stations, Lyngsat says.
The update means that North Korean state television is now being rebroadcast on four satellites across the world and could make it easier to view in South Korea.
When South Korean telecom providers began experimenting with 5G last year the strength of the new cell towers caused disturbance to the much weaker relay of North Korean state TV via the Thaicom-5 satellite.
Thaicom-5 is one of the other satellites broadcasting North Korean TV over the Korean peninsula, though on a bandwidth susceptible to interference from 5G.
In response, South Korea’s Korea Telecom (KT) last year began relaying the KCTV feed on an unaffected satellite frequency, but wanted users to pay tens of thousands of dollars for access.
However, the ChinaSat 12 satellite is broadcasting KCTV at 4180 V, which may mean it is outside the frequency range of 5G service in South Korea.
The ChinaSat 12 satellite mainly provides coverage throughout Asia, reaching as far as some parts of Western Europe.
It is unclear if the addition of KCTV to ChinaSat 12 will be permanent.
In addition to Thaicom-5, ChinaSat 12 and Koreasat 5a, KCTV is also broadcast on Intelsat 21.