No 4G for now: Govt extends high-speed internet suspension till Apr 3

Srinagar: Putting aside speculations about restoration of high speed internet in Kashmir, the J&K government Thursday further extended the ongoing curbs on 4G connectivity till April 3.

The Home Department, in an official order, extended the ban on high speed internet claiming it was “absolutely necessary to do so in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India.”

The decision, the order read was taken, after “taking note of the overall security situation in the UT of J&K and the latest reports of the law enforcement agencies, particularly with regard to the speed related restrictions on the mobile data services, and upon assessment of the available alternatives.”

The order said that the mobile data services speed shall be restricted to 2G only.

“The postpaid sim card holders shall be provided with access to the internet. However, such access shall not be made available on pre-paid sim cards unless verified as per the norms applicable for postpaid connections,” the order read.

It also directed for continuation of Mac-binding internet connectivity for fixed landline connections.

“The directions shall be effective immediately and remain in force upto 3rd April, 2020, unless modified earlier,” read the order signed by Principal Secretary to Government, Shaleen Kabra.

The latest order is a blow to public expectations of 4G restoration in the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.               

Several noted persons in academia and medical sectors have called for restoration of the services so that doctors, students and the general public do not face the hassles in accessing information.

To mention, internet services along with mobile and fixed land line telephony, were suspended in Kashmir on August 4 last year, a day before government of India abrogated Article 370 and divided and downgraded the state into two union territories.

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5 comments

  1. Nothing has been acheived by suppressing or restricting someone.if you love someone .you take care of him not supress.

  2. This shows how much is india concerned about the health of kashmiri people…while they provide cheap and some free internet services to rest of india during present crisis but for Kashmiris they make 4g data available at 2g speed not only they loot peace of mind from kashmiris but they also loot our resources as well… In Shaa Allah India will suffer we kashmiris are already dead and dying but we curse india for the worst…

  3. Dear brother and sister, I understand ur pain as u are also contributing to our nation by staying home.
    I also understand the pain of students as I am too, but I want to say that don’t stop ur study, be regular by offline mode.
    May Allah bless you. 🙏

  4. why are you make a joke of kashmiri people,, every time you extend the date of 4g restoration design . Their is very panic situation in the world now becoz of coronavrious and PM wants people to be in home . but people did,t able to do so becoz of the situation in kashmir about 4g
    so plz and plz Restore 4g quick

  5. Everyone
    Was hoping fr the best yet the jome administration proved everyone wrong..we are thankful to uh fr letting us know hw the administration care for the people of jandk…it was the need of hour yet nobody thought about it…student community is suffering the most… Thanku govt of jandk fr letting us know where we stand in your eyes…thanku fr playing with our future and career… Thanku

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