Now, thereâ€™s business, too. Maybe inspired by Orascom Construction Industries investments in the North-Korean cement industry, Orascom Telecom undertakes to build up North Koreaâ€™s mobile phone network.
It was unclear how widely the Orascom Telecom service would be available to the public. Spokespersons were not immediately available for comment.
North Korea began a mobile phone service in November 2002. But 18 months later, it banned ordinary citizens from using the service and began recalling unauthorised handsets.
There is still thought to be a mobile network in Pyongyang which is open for government officials. Most foreigners are not allowed to use mobile phones inside the country.