Twitter in Pyongyang: how North Korea got the mobile internet

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“Hello world from comms center in #Pyongyang.”

That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink’s main service centre in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: it was believed to be the first tweet sent from a mobile phone using the country’s new 3G mobile data service.

Later, as we were driving through Pyongyang, I used my iPhone to snap a photo of a new roadside banner referring to North Korea’s controversial 12 February nuclear test while the Associated Press’s chief Asia photographer David Guttenfelder uploaded an image to Instagram of a tour guide at a mountain temple, geotagged to Pyongyang. source

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