2G internet services restored in Kashmir

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GR News Desk|SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday ordered to restore 2G internet services in Kashmir Valley from midnight on the intervening night between Friday and Saturday, reports said.

The restoration of the Internet connectivity was suspended in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August, 2019, after the Centre abrogated special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

On Friday, the home department of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir issued a notification saying that internet access will be limited to whitelisted sites, however, social media platforms will continue to remain banned. Data services will be available on postpaid as well as prepaid SIM cards.

On 15 January broadband internet for essential services like hospitals, banks, and hotels were restored. The 15 January order came soon after the Supreme Court directed it to review internet restriction in Kashmir.

The order had also said that the 2G mobile connectivity on postpaid mobiles for accessing white-listed websites including kiosks will be established in the Kashmir division.