North Korea bans 3G access for tourists

North Korea has banned 3G access for tourists in the country, adding to already stringent controls on free access to information.

North Korea has banned 3G access for tourists in the country, adding to already stringent controls on free access to information.

 
The Communist regime has gone back and forth on its policy towards mobile phones used by visitors to the country, initially requiring all devices be confiscated for the duration of their stay, then allowing phones to be used with internet access, and now banning 3G.
 
Citizens of North Korea are not allowed access to 3G, though the government has regular internet access, even joining social media websites over recent months to share propaganda images and videos.
 
 North Korea bans 3G access for tourists
 
The 3G network is operated by Koryolink, the only 3G provider in the country. This is jointly run by the state-owned Korea Post and Telecommunications Corporation and an Egyptian company called Orascom Telecom Holding. It is not clear what Orascom thinks of the 3G ban for tourists, which could potential hurt its profit.
 
As the country comes under increasing pressure and criticism over nuclear tests, and as tension mounts between it and South Korea, the regime is clearly not taking any chances that information might leak out via mobile internet.
 
The move is likely to be one of a number of new restrictions implemented as the country continues its stalemate with Western powers, while its own people remain largely in the dark.
 
Source: The Telegraph