4G Services Restored In Udhampur And Ganderbal: The Jammu and Kashmir administration announced on Sunday that from Sunday to September 8, for postpaid connections, 4G services in Udhampur and Ganderbal districts would be restored on a trial basis. In other districts, internet speed will be limited to 2G.
On August 11, the Center had told the Supreme Court that high-speed 4G Internet services would be restored in Jammu and Kashmir district for two months after August 15.
Mobile Internet access was suspended in Jammu and Kashmir more than a year ago on 5 August, when India removed the special status of the old state under Article 370 of the Constitution and made it a Union Territory. In October last year, 2G services were restored. In May, the government said that only 2G services would be allowed until June 17. The order was reviewed and extended in June.
In the past, the government has cited terrorist attacks and infiltration attempts as high-speed Internet is not allowed in the region. The administration has also claimed that internet speed restrictions have not hindered measures to address the coronavirus epidemic in any way.
In May, the Supreme Court refused to approve orders to restore 4G Internet services in Jammu and Kashmir and instead ordered the Center to form a special committee to probe the claims of the petitioners.