Ban on 4G mobile internet extended till Feb 6 in J&K

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday extended restrictions on 4G high speed mobile internet services till February 6, saying that the “threat perception on the security front’’ in the Union Territory “continues to be high’’.

Pointing out except for the districts of Ganderbal and Udhampur, the internet speed on mobile data services shall continue to be restricted to 2G, an order issued by the UT’s Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, said that there are credible intelligence inputs about the preparedness of terrorists “to infiltrate from across the IB/LoC’’, as is also borne out from the recent infiltration attempts, umpteen number of ceasefire violations and seizure of arms and ammunitions’’. “These restrictions have helped thwart the nefarious designs of the radical and terrorist organizations operating in the UT of J&K to migguide, provoke and incite the youth in furthering their anti-India agenda since regulation of high speed mobile internet prevents easy streaming/dissemination/downloading of such material/videos,’’ the order read quoting reports of the law enforcement agencies.

“Reports further suggest that data services that rely on availability of high speed internet are extensively utilized for coordinating and facilitating infiltration,’’ it pointed out, adding that “in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India’’,  the internet services shall not be provided to pre-paid SIM card holders, unless verified as per the norms applicable for post-paid connections.

For the fixed line internet subscribers, internet connectivity shall be continued to be made available with Mac-binding, it added.