North Korea Has Turned Off 3G Networks for Foreign Visitors

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Visitors to North Korea now have another unusual observation to add to their list: complete cut-off from receiving 3G mobile data.

While North Koreans struggle to access the global internet, restricted instead to domestic content, foreign visitors and residents have been able to pay for 3G access which affords them relatively unrestricted access to international pages. Now, though, the country’s mobile phone provider Koryolink has announced that the service has been halted.

“Unfortunately we are facing internet service outage from the local internet provider’s side with no estimated time, we will keep you posted once the service is back to normal,” wrote the company in a message seen by Reuters. It’s not clear why the service has been shut down, nor how long it will last. [Reuters via Engadget]

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