North Korea Pulls 3G Access for Tourists

By Wednesday, March 27, 2013 0 , Permalink 0

According to a short notice update on North Korean tourism specialist Koryogroup, “3G access is no longer available for tourists to the DPRK. Sim cards can still be purchased to make international calls but no internet access is available.” The tourism company adds further through a blog post that internet access through 3G is only limited to long term visitors or residents of Pyongyang only.

Just about a month ago North Korea waived off the restrictions imposed on 3G connectivity and allowed tourists to buy prepaid SIM cards from Koryolink network. The relaxation in restrictions was well received but, the charges were just way off the ceiling – 150 euro for 2GB up to as much as 400 for 10GB, notes the Register.

The ban comes at a time when there are already heightened tensions between the Korean nations because of recent hack attacks on critical South Korean infrastructure and with the US because of recent claims by North Korea that its missiles were ready to hit US bases on Guam and Hawaii.