Prepaid Mobile Phone Services Restored at J&K | India News


SRINAGAR: The administration of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday ordered the restoration of prepaid mobile service in the valley after more than five months of suspension. 2G mobile data services on postpaid mobiles to access “whitelisted” sites have also been resumed in two districts of Kashmir – Kupwara and Bandipora. The administration declared 153 sites in “white list”.
The administration also ordered fixed Internet connectivity with precautions to companies specializing in software services in the valley.
“Telecommunications service providers are given instructions to operationalize the instructions immediately after providing all the guarantees detailed in the order issued today (Saturday) by the competent authority,” the chief secretary of the government of the United Kingdom told reporters. Jammu and Kashmir, Rohit Kansal.
The latest development comes a week after the Supreme Court on January 10 asked the administration of Jammu and Kashmir to review all orders restricting EU territory within a week.
Internet services, landlines and mobile phones were broken across Jammu and Kashmir on the eve of the Center’s announcement to remove the special status of the former state and its bifurcation into Union Territories on 5 August.
While most services except mobile internet were restored in Jammu within a week, Kashmir has witnessed in phases the restoration of fixed lines and mobile postpaid services and internet facilities to essential services. like hospitals.
“After careful consideration, the relevant authority ordered today (Saturday) that voice and SMS functionality be restored to all local prepaid SIM cards in J&K Union territory,” Kansal said.
“2G mobile data services on postpaid mobiles to access whitelisted sites will be allowed in the 10 districts of Jammu Division and to start in the two income districts of Kupwara and Bandipora in Kashmir Division,” he said. added Kansal.
He said mobile internet connectivity would however remain suspended in the Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts in the valley.
On January 10, the Supreme Court severely condemned the UT administration for arbitrarily shutting down the Internet, a facility described as a fundamental right by the Supreme Court.
Referring to the ordinance of January 14 when the government announced the partial restoration of 2G services in five of Jammu’s 10 districts and broadband facilities for essential services including banks, government offices, commerce , tourism and travel establishments, Kansal said the overall effort is to keep restrictions to a bare minimum depending on the situation on the ground.
On Wednesday January 15, the UT administration announced the establishment of 400 Internet kiosks to provide broadband services to essential service providers in the valley while enabling 2G Internet on postpaid mobile phones in five districts. of Jammu to access “whitelisted” sites.


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