The authorities are restoring 4G internet services in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district and Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir tonight, reported a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS). However, the internet speed continues to be restricted in the rest of the districts of J-K.
Unnamed official sources told GNS that the high-speed internet is being restored in Ganderbal district of the central Kashmir at 9 pm tonight. An unnamed top police officer also confirmed that 4G internet will be restored on a trial basis and would be reviewed from time to time.
A year ago, on the intervening night of 4 and 5 August, the government snapped all lines of communication as it clamped down on the Valley to abrogate the region’s special status. However, the restrictions on communication were gradually lifted — the internet ban ended up being “the longest in any democracy”.
Until now, mobile internet services were restricted to 2G speed despite numerous calls by rights groups and medical organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Inputs from GNS)