Prepaid mobile phone services re-established in Jammu and Kashmir

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Three Malaysian tourists become emotional as they access the internet for the first time after reaching the valley, at a government facilitation center in Srinagar, January 15, 2020. (Photo | PTI)

Jammu: Prepaid mobile connections were reestablished in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday and 2G services resumed in two districts in the valley after being disconnected on August 5 last year. Voice and SMS services have been re-established for all local prepaid mobile phones in the territory of the Union.

Rohit Kansal, the principal secretary of the administration of Jammu and Kashmir, said the order would go into effect on Saturday.

In order to consider providing mobile internet connectivity on such SIM cards, telecom service providers will need to verify subscriber credentials, he said.

Internet service providers have been urged to provide fixed line Internet connectivity in the 10 districts of Jammu region and in two districts, Kupwara and Bandipora, in North Kashmir.

Telecommunications services were shut down throughout Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Center revoked the special status of the old state and also divided it into two Union territories.

However, the Supreme Court severely condemned the UT administration last week for arbitrarily shutting down the Internet, the facility described as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court.


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