Centre May Restore 4G On Trial Basis In Limited Areas

SRINAGAR: 4G internet services will be allowed on a trial basis in one district each in Jammu and one in the Kashmir valley after August 15, the centre told the Supreme Court today.

The relaxation will not be in any area adjoining the International Border or the Line of Control, the centre told the top court. The areas which will get the 4g internet will be those which have a low intensity of terrorist activities, the centre said, reported NDTV.

The government will review the situation after two months, it said.

High speed Internet service in Jammu and Kashmir has been suspended since over a year when the centre scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and it into two union territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

On Friday, the Supreme Court had asked the Jammu and Kashmir administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration sought time to take instructions on the restoration of high-speed internet service, saying a new  Lieutenant Governor has been appointed in the union territory.

Manoj Sinha has been appointed the new Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after GC Murmu resigned from the post.

The GC Murmu-led J&K administration has faced controversy over its opposition to restore 4G internet services in Jammu and Kashmir. It has cited increased terror activity as the reason behind its move in the Supreme Court in response to petitions seeking restoration of high-speed internet.

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