New Delhi: After years of internet deprivation, the newly formed Union Territory, Jammu & Kashmir will finally experience High-speed 4G mobile internet services after 18 long months. The valley, which has seen an era of curfew and internet shut down due to violence is now ready to enjoy high-speed mobile data services which were recently banned on January 22 till February 6.
Restoration of 4G internet services was announced by J&K principal secretary, power and information, Rohit Kansal on Twitter.
Ganderbal and Udhampur, were the only districts that had access to high-speed mobile data services during the extended ban while in other districts, the internet speed had been restricted to 2G only.
Supporting the need to continue internet shut down in J&K, home department had in January asserted that restrictions were placed in view of well-founded apprehensions about the dissemination of inflammatory and seditious propaganda.
Meanwhile, reports of the law enforcement agencies also validated that these restrictions helped thwart the “nefarious designs of the radical and terrorist organisations operating in Jammu and Kashmir.”
During the abrogation of Article 370, that granted special status to the erstwhile state, Mobile internet services were once again suspended in Jammu in view of security concerns.
However, 6 months later in January 2020, the low-speed or 2G internet service on mobile phones was restored while, on January 9, the ban on high-speed mobile internet was extended till January 22.
Furthermore, high-speed mobile data services were started on a trial basis in districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur for post-paid sim card cardholders on August 16, last year.