Srinagar: After more than a year, the authorities Sunday restored 4G internet services in two districts of Jammu and Kashmir on a trial basis.
The services were restored in Ganderbal district in central Kashmir and Udhampur in Jammu division late Sunday evening.
In all other districts, the existing 2G services will continue.
The Home Department came up with an official order announcing resumption of the services on a trial basis in the two districts.
In order issued by the Principal Secretary, Home, Shaleen Kabra, said: “The high speed mobile data services in the districts of Udhampur and Ganderbal shall be restored forthwith, on trial basis, while in the rest of the districts, Internet speed shall continue to be restricted to 2G only.”
The order also said on fixed landline connections, Internet connectivity, without any restrictions, shall continue to be made available with Mac-binding.
The decision would remain in force till September 8, unless modified earlier, it said.
The Supreme Court had recently directed the Central government to explore the possibility of restoring 4G connectivity at least in some parts of J&K without comprising on the security of the country.
Authorities had snapped all mobile and fixed landline connections in Kashmir on August 5 last year when Article 370 was abrogated and the state bifurcated and downgraded into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.