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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