The high-speed mobile internet was suspended since August 5, 2019, when special status of J&K was revoked and the erstwhile state was downgraded into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
“4G mobile internet services being restored in entire J&K,” Rohit Kansal, spokesman of J&K administration tweeted.
The restoration of 4G was announced on a day when 2G mobile services remained shut in all four districts of southern Kashmir.
On August 5, 2019, the administration shut all the communication services including fixed lines across J&K to avoid any protests regarding the passing of J&K Reorganization Bill. After two months, communication was restored in a phased manner starting with fixed lines. The 2G mobile internet was restored in the last week of January 2020. Since then the J&K administration issued several orders for temporary suspension of high-speed Internet.
The last order on temporary suspension was issued on January 22, which was valid till February 6. It said “apprehensions about dissemination of inflammatory and seditious propaganda material that has direct bearing on public order limited restriction on high speed internet have been placed… these restrictions also thwart the nefarious designs of the radical terrorist organizations operating in the UT to misguide, provoke and incite youth in furthering their anti-India agenda”.
In August last year, the J&K administration restored 4G internet in two districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur on the recommendation of a panel constituted by the Supreme Court to review the restrictions vis-a-vis the security situation. The business community of J&K has repeatedly complained about the losses due to restriction on communication and high-speed internet. Students studying online also had to suffer due to the restrictions imposed for more than 18 months.