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4G internet services restored in entire J&K after 18 Months

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4G internet services restored in entire Jammu and Kashmir, after the gap of 18 months, UT’s Principal Secretary of Power and Information Rohit Kansal said.

After almost one and a half years internet service in Jammu and Kashmir will now be fully restored. Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal said that a decision has been taken to restore 4G Internet service throughout Jammu and Kashmir.

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Internet service in Jammu and Kashmir was snapped from 5 August 2019. This step was taken after the removal of article 370 by the government. However, 2G internet service was restored on 25 January 2020. 

Later, on 16 August 2020, high speed internet service was started on ‘Trial Basis’ in Udhampur and Ganderbal, which has been retained even today. But 2G internet service was continuing in the remaining districts. 

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A petition was filed in the Supreme Court against the ban on 4G mobile internet service in Jammu and Kashmir. All the schools in the country are closed in the Corona era. 

At the same time, due to only 2G network, children in the state are not able to study online properly through internet. In view of this, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court demanding to open 4G internet.

In May, the Supreme Court had refused to pass orders to restore 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and instead directed the Centre to form a special committee to examine the petitioners’ demands.

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The Administration then allowed the resumption of high-speed mobile internet services on a trial basis in Ganderbal (Kashmir) and Udhampur (Jammu) since August 2020 – but kept internet limited across the union territory. 

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