4G in Kashmir: high-speed 4G mobile internet services being restored in entire Jammu and Kashmir

4G mobile internet services are being restored in the entire Jammu and Kashmir. The 4G internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir took place around 18 months ago.

Highlights
  • 4G internet service is being restored in Jammu and Kashmir
  • The ban on high-speed internet was implemented on August 5th, 2019
  • In January 2020, low-speed 2G internet was restored

4G in Jammu and Kashmir is finally back after nearly two years. Rohit Kansal, J&K principal secretary, power and information, took to Twitter on Friday to announce that 4G mobile internet services are being restored in the entire Jammu and Kashmir. The 4G internet ban in Jammu and Kashmir took place 18 months ago to prevent a backlash against the government’s move to revoke the former state’s special status by abrogating Article 370. In January 2020, low-speed 2G internet service was restored.

On January 22nd, the ban on high-speed 4G internet was extended till February 6th. Kansal on Friday tweeted that 4G mobile internet services were being restored in the entire Jammu and Kashmir. This comes after high-speed mobile data services were restored on a trial basis in Ganderbal and Udhampur for postpaid SIM users on August 16th,2020. In other districts, internet services were restricted to 2G only.

While 4G services are being restored across Jammu and Kashmir for postpaid users, prepaid SIM cardholders will only receive high-speed internet access after verification as per norms applicable for postpaid connections, an official notification stated. Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted a reaction following the restoration of 4G internet in the union territory, saying “4G Mubarak! For the first time since Aug 2019 all of J&K will have 4G mobile data. Better late than never.”