The Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to restore 4G internet services in Ganderbal and Udhampur district of the Union territory on Sunday night on a trial basis.
An official said that the high-speed internet service will be restored in one district each in Kashmir (Ganderbal) and Jammu (Udhampur) from 9 pm on Sunday. The order shall remain valid till September 8 next month, the order said.
The order said that high-speed Internet will be provided to post-paid subscribers, while pre-paid customers would be able to enjoy the benefit of the services only after completing the verification process.
The 4G internet will be restored on a trial basis and would be reviewed from time to time.
In rest of the J&K districts, internet speed will continue to be restricted to 2G only said, the Jammu and Kashmir administration said on Sunday.
The decision to restore high-speed internet was taken by the inspector-general (IG) of Kashmir and Jammu zone.
Earlier, the Centre had informed the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the matter was considering allowing the facility on a trial basis in two districts of the Union Territory. The Supreme Court had also asked the J&K administration to explore the possibility of restoring 4G services in certain areas.
The resumption comes nearly after one year of the abrogation of Article 370.
Internet services were snapped in Jammu and Kashmir before the Centre’s announcement on August 5 last year that the special status of the state would be abrogated and it would be split into two Union Territories. The government had cited separatists- and Pakistan-based terrorism as the reason to restrict high-speed internet in Jammu and Kashmir.
Later, low-speed Internet services were restored in Jammu and Kashmir.