Prepaid mobile connections back in Kashmir

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 16:53, Jan 18, 2020 | Updated : 16:59, Jan 18, 2020

Prepaid mobile connections were restored in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday (Jan 18) and 2G services resumed in two districts of the valley after being disconnected in August last year, according to Indian media.

A Kashmir girl rides her bike past Indian security force personnel standing guard in front of closed shops on a street in Srinagar, Oct. 30, 2019. FILE PHOTO

Voice and SMS facilities were restored for all local prepaid mobile phones across the Jammu and Kashmir territory, reports PTI.
The order would come into effect from Saturday (Jan 18), said Rohit Kansal, the principal secretary to the administration of Jammu and Kashmir, was quoted by PTI saying
In order to consider giving mobile Internet connectivity on such SIM cards, the telecom service providers will have to verify the credentials of the subscribers, he said.
Internet service providers have been asked to provide fixed line Internet connectivity in all the 10 districts of Jammu region and two districts, Kupwara and Bandipora, in North Kashmir, according to PTI.
Telecom services were shut in the entire Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 5 when the Centre abrogated special status to the erstwhile state and also bifurcated it into two Union Territories.
However, the Supreme Court came down heavily on the UT administration last week for arbitrarily shutting down the Internet, the facility described as the fundamental right by the apex court.