May 24, 2024
Analysis

Why North Korea finally embraced 4G mobile networks, years after rest of world

Experts say growing consumer demand likely drove change but that regime’s paranoia will ensure it remains a step behind

North Korea has recently upgraded its mobile telecommunications networks to 4G services, a technology expert confirmed, highlighting the country’s belated efforts to enhance its capabilities in response to consumer demand as mobile phone use increases.

Martyn Williams, who runs the North Korea Tech blog, reported on Thursday that the mobile service provider Kangsong is now operating 4G cellular services after observing signals from the South Korean side of the border.

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