Srinagar, Mar 5 : Broadband internet services of all cellular companies, including state-run BSNL, was on Thursday restored after remaining suspended for over seven months. However, high speed mobile internet continues to be suspended in the valley.
Mobile internet and broadband services of all cellular companies was suspended in the Kashmir valley on August 5, 2019, when the centre scrapped Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the center subsequently divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs).
“BSNL has resumed the broadband services from today after remaining suspended for seven months,” Masood Balla, the PRO of the state-run telecom company told UNI. He said that consumers will be able to use the broadband services on high speed internet in the valley, where 2G mobile internet service was resumed on January 25. On Wednesday, people in the newly created Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir were able to access social media sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, on 2G mobile data service without VPNs for the first time after over seven months as the government lifted the ban on these sites.
Despite the UT administration ending gag on broadband internet in January, the BSNL failed to resume the service in the valley as the telecom company had no firewalls to block social media and other sites, which were prohibited by the authorities. The inability to restore services had irked consumers in the valley, which mostly depends on BSNL for broadband internet.(UNI)