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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

North Korea l the new smartphone of Kim Jong-un

North Korea one of the countries most closed in the world, introduced a smartphonesupposedly manufactured in the country, but analysts believe the Arirang is made ​​in China. It has been known of the existence of this phone, which operates on the Android system OS of Google, a visit by the leader Kim Jong-un to plant this weekend. According to an official quoted by North Korea's official news agency KCNA , Kim was informed of the "function, quality and packaging of the phone Arirang". Although virtually no internet access in North Korea, the country is not completely closed to telecommunications. In 2008 it introduced the first mobile phones thanks to a joint venture with the Egyptian company Orascom, which ensures that there are two million users in the country. In 2002 he introduced a national intranet and some state institutions have their own web pages. Although it is a natural progression in an impoverished country urgently needed investment, the authorities carefully weigh its disruptive potential. Subscribers to the only company that is in the country, Koryolink, can call each other, but not abroad. The intranet is also cut off from the world and only allows a very limited number of users to exchange official information and little else. Internet access is a privilege for the elite. spite of the efforts of the regime, which has erected informative wall starts to crumble. The smuggling of Chinese mobile phones allows people living near the border with China and Chinese servers connect to international calls, and satellite dishes allow you to view foreign TV programs. According to the KCNA , Kim urged people who are developing the Arirang to develop a product that "offer the best to the users while ensuring strict security." The photos of the factory tour agency has reported show with mobile workers finished inspecting, testing them and packing them, but no photos of the assembly line. "Despite the information KCNA that the phones are manufactured at the plant, probably have been entrusted to a Chinese manufacturer and sent to the plant where they are inspected before they go on sale, "said Martyn Williams , who runs the portal North Korea TechSteven Millward Portal Tech In Asia is of the same opinion. "Probably all smartphone is made ​​in China and only the final assembly is done in the austere plant that Kim Jong-un visited, "said Millward. In February, after seeing a photo of Kim with a phone of last generation, there was speculation that the leading brand preferred, but after discarding the Apple iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy South Korea, it was concluded that it was a HTC manufactured in Taiwan.

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