Postpaid mobile phone services to resume in Kashmir from Monday

 thehindu.com  10/12/2019 07:09:04  2

Postpaid mobile services, which were slated to resume on Saturday in Kashmir, will be restored from 12 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019, said Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning) Jammu & Kashmir.

Restrictions were imposed 69 days ago after the Centre withdrew Jammu and Kashmirs special status.

The administration has been examining various options with regard to suspension of mobile phone services which have come in for severe criticism for causing hardships to about 7 million residents of the Valley.

At one point, it was planned to open only BSNL services followed by allowing activating only incoming calls run by private telecom operators.

However, it has now been decided to allow operationalisation of all postpaid phones run by all operators and numbering around 40 lakh subscriber. This will leave out about 26 lakh prepaid mobile subscribers.

The services were likely to be resumed Saturday but a last minute technical hitch led to postponing of the resumption of services.

The subscribers will have to, however, wait for some more time for the Internet services to resume in the valley, officials said.

The move comes days after the Centre issued an advisory opening the valley for tourists. Travel association bodies had approached the administration, saying that no tourist would like to come to the valley where no mobile phones working.

Partial fixed line telephony was resumed in the valley on August 17, and by September 4 all landlines, numbering nearly 50,000, were declared operational.

In Jammu, the communication system was restored within days of the blockade and even mobile Internet was started around mid-August. However, after its misuse, the Internet facility on cellular phones was snapped on August 18.

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