High-speed 4G internet services are being restored in the entire Union territory of Jammu Kashmir, almost 18 months after it was suspended in August 2019. This was announced by J&K principal secretary, power and information, Rohit Kansal on Twitter.
“4G mobile internet services being restored in entire J&K,” he said in a tweet.
Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir were suspended on August 2, 2019, citing security concerns as the Centre abrogated special status of the erstwhile state.
In days that followed, the state was split into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – and several politicians, including three former chief ministers, were taken into detention to pre-empt a pushback.
Only two districts — Ganderbal and Udhampur — 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.
Over the last year, broadband internet and slow mobile data were restored in phases since the Supreme Court told off the government earlier while hearing cases that called the curbs an assault on free speech and democratic rights.
Last August, the government told the Supreme Court that 4G internet services will be allowed on a trial basis in one district of Jammu and one of the Kashmir Valley after Independence Day. The curbs on the rest of the state were extended multiple times.