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North Korea plans to launch 3G data service

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North Korea plans to launch 3G data service

North Korea internetNorth Korea’s Koryolink is planning to launch a 3G data service for foreign visitors and residents from overseas.

The country’s citizens will not be able to use the service, according to reports.

The government allowed foreign visitors to bring their own mobile devices into the country with them for the first time in January 2013.

Koryolink in partnership with Egyptian telecoms firm Orascom launched the 3G service in 2008, allowing users to only use it to make phone calls.

International calls, including calls to South Korea, are banned.

The stranded country has limited its internet access for locals and has set up a system that can be controlled and torn down if necessary.

Internet access comprises of message boards, chat functions and state sponsored media, according to North Korea expert Scott Thomas Bruce.



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