Jammu and Kashmir Finally Get 4G Internet, Primarily on a Trial Basis

After Internet services were suspended in Jammu and Kashmir on 5th August 2019 shortly before the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A of the Constitution by the Legislature.

Though the Centre did restore mobile internet services on 25th January 2020 but asserted the cellular network providers to limit access to only the websites whitelisted by the Centre and the speed of the data be restricted to 2G.

The development comes in the wake of Attorney General KK Venugopal submitting to the Apex Court in response to a contempt plea asserting that the Government has not reviewed the 4G restrictions on the valley, as no order had been placed in the public domain. The Court further asked the State to verify if Jammu and Kashmir’s administration has sent any communication to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for restoring the high-speed internet services in the region.

Now the high-speed mobile data services are being restored in Ganderbal and Udhampur districts forthwith in trial basis till September 8th. The former being one of the more peaceful districts in the valley and the latter having no proximity to the border have been selected for the experiment.

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