4G internet in 2 J&K districts on trial basis after Aug 15: Centre to SC

New Delhi (NVI): The 4G internet services will be allowed in one district each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions on a trial basis after Independence Day i.e., August 15, the Centre told Supreme Court today, as per the decision made by a special committee in this regard.

Attorney General KK Venugopal, representing Centre said that carefully calibrated easing of internet restrictions subject to strict monitoring in certain areas could be done on a trial basis in selected areas.

However, it will not be in any area adjoining the international border or the Line of Control (LoC). 4G internet restoration will only be done in areas that have a low intensity of terrorist activities, he said.

The relaxation from 2g to 4G will be done in one district in Jammu and one district in Kashmir on a trial basis for two months.

The easing will come into effect after August 15 and a review will be done after 2 months. The Government said that given the current security scenario, it is not yet conducive to restore high-speed internet access to mobile phones.

The high-speed internet services have been suspended in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 last year, after Centre abolished Article 370 that gave special status to J&K and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

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