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China is key to North Korean Internet, but maybe not hackers

Martyn Williams | Jan. 2, 2015
Policing the country's Internet link wouldn't necessarily stop the actions of hackers.

Much of North Korea's telephone capacity is believed to travel via China or via satellite.

The Pyongyang Earth Station opened in 1985 with a connection to Intersputnik, a satellite operator that connected mainly Soviet-bloc nations. In 1991, North Korea joined Intelsat and began using a satellite link to connect to countries like Japan, which in the past had been served by a shortwave radio telephony link.

It's 32-meter dish can easily be seen in satellite pictures of the site and is believed to still be in use today.

The country's state-run TV channel, Korean Central Television, is also broadcast from the country to viewers in Asia via a Thai-owned satellite.



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