Rohit Kansal, Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Power & Information), on Friday said that 4G mobile internet services are being restored in the entire Union Territory. The high speed internet services have been suspended in many regions of J&K for around 1.5 years. The ban on high-speed mobile data services had been extended on January 22 till February 6 in the UT. This is for the first time ever since abrogation of Article 370 in the valley that internet is being fully restored. At present, 4G mobile services are available in only two districts of J&K — Udhampur in the Jammu division and Ganderbal in the Kashmir division.
Reacting to the news, National Conference Vice-President and former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter and congratulation the people of Kashmir. “4G Mubarak! For the first time since Aug 2019 all of J&K will have 4G mobile data. Better late than never,” he tweeted.
Substantiating the need to continue internet ban in J&K, home department had in January said that restrictions were placed in view of well-founded apprehensions about the dissemination of inflammatory and seditious propaganda.
Reports of the law enforcement agencies indicate that these restrictions have helped thwart the “nefarious designs of the radical and terrorist organizations operating in Jammu and Kashmir,” said the administration.
Mobile internet services were suspended in Jammu in August last year, in view of security concerns in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to the erstwhile state.
Six months later in January 2020, the low-speed or 2G internet service on mobile phones was restored. On January 9, the ban on high-speed mobile internet was extended till January 22.
On August 16, 2020, high-speed mobile data services were restored on a trial basis in Ganderbal and Udhampur for post-paid sim card cardholders.