North Korea revokes 3G for tourists

Victor Barreiro Jr.
The decision comes a few weeks after it allowed tourists to purchase 3G connectivity

NO MORE 3G. Picture of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum's main monument. Photo by Hanneke Vermeulen from Wikipedia

MANILA, Philippines – A few weeks after allowing tourists in North Korea to purchase and use 3G connectivity to browse the Internet on phones, it seems the country has once again revoked that privilege.

Koryo Tours announced on its website that “3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK.” While tourists can still buy sim cards to make international calls, Internet access will not be made available.

North Korea’s short stint with 3G connectivity provided many people outside the country with a rare glimpse at North Korea, and it was hoped that the shift would allow for change. For instance, David Guttenfelder, Associated Press Chief Photographer for Asia, used Instagram to show a lighter side to North Korean life. Increased tensions, however, appear to have put a damper on such potential changes. –


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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.