Internet lines of two Koreas to be linked during summit


South and North Korea will be linked via the Internet during the summit of their leaders from Tuesday to Thursday, South Korea’s top communications service provider said on Monday.

KT Corp. said that it will reopen for three days the optical communication network which was established in July 2005 for the video reunions of families separated by the inter-Korean border, enabling the South Korean entourage and press corps to use the Internet.

North Korea originally planned to allow Internet access via China, but notified the South Korean government over the weekend of its decision to use the inter-Korean network.

Twelve personal computers have been connected to the Internet at the press center established at the Goryo Hotel in Pyongyang.

KT also plans to support a broadcasting relay for South Korean broadcasters using its Mugunghwa No. 3 satellite.


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