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nasimson
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6/30/2015 | 5:05:36 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
> And I wouldn't even call North Korea an emerging market. It's a dangerous
> market to run a business in.

So is the case to some extent with such Asian markets like Myanmar, Combodia and to some extent with Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Some operators manage this risk better than the others. Orasscom and Telenor are known for entry into such markets. Telenor, for example, is in all of the above markets except Combodia. And they are either #1 or #2 player.
thebulk
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6/30/2015 | 4:35:29 AM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
Lets see how they come out on the other end. Its still a risky market to be in. 
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6/30/2015 | 4:02:19 AM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
@the bulk: i agree. It is a gamble they are willing to take and with a relatively small network to run, they were able to generate considerate revenues. Now is just a negotiation phase that should be overcome.
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6/29/2015 | 10:33:26 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
Telecom network equipment is not banned from export to North Korea. No-one admits to being a supplier, but almost certainly it's ZTE, Huawei or Samsung.

For what it's worth, North Korea's no.2 Kim Yongnam paid a visit to Huawei HQ in August 2013, according to Chinese media.

Koryolink's fat cash balance is surely an irresistible target for a klepto-gangster regime like this one. The setting up of the rival operator, and then agreeing to merge, sounds like a classic shake-down.

 

 
thebulk
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6/29/2015 | 10:26:13 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
True, no job is better then hard labor in a Nort Korean prison camp. 
DHagar
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6/29/2015 | 10:21:54 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
the bulk, one would wonder, would'nt they?  At least unemployment would be the preferred alternative - given the history in N. Korea!
thebulk
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6/29/2015 | 10:16:47 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
@danielcawrey, I also wouldn't call North Korea an emerging market, I am not sure what to call it at all.... 

And even if I ton of people got their hands on cell phones I have to imagine they wouldnt be used in the same way most people outside of North Korea use them today. No social media, no messaging apps. just phone calls and state run email. 
thebulk
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6/29/2015 | 10:14:03 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
@DHagar, given the outcome, and all the negative points going into the deal I have to assume more then a few people have found themselves out of a job... 
thebulk
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6/29/2015 | 10:12:42 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
I am not even sure that Huawei would be allowed... Technically 
DHagar
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6/29/2015 | 9:33:48 PM
Re: Was it ever a good idea?
thebulk, agreed, when it is "too good to be true", it IS too good to be true.

Dealing with an unstable government, political dictatorship, a weak economy, limited consumerism, and people living at poverty levels, does not sound like a good environment - even as sole source.  The fact that the government is now piggy-backing on Orascom's investment is not surprising either, given their track record.

My guess is that it was never a good idea.
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