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Kashmir Unrest: Mobile internet services resume in Jammu

Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

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  • Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley
  • Both call facility and mobile internet services, however, continued to remain suspended in the valley
  • Internet services are working in the valley on fixed landline connections provided by the BSNL

Mobile internet services were restored in Jammu region after 16 days on Tuesday, officials said.

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“The divisional administration reviewed the suspension of mobile Internet services in the Jammu region yesterday and it was decided to restore the same from midnight,” a senior police officer said in Jammu.

Mobile internet services had been suspended on July 10 in entire Jammu region following unrest in the Kashmir Valley.

Mobile services suspended after violence in Valley. Image Source: Indian Express
Mobile services suspended after violence in Valley. Image Source: Indian Express

Both call facility and mobile internet services, however, continued to remain suspended in the valley.

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Limited calling facility is, however, available on post paid mobile phones provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in the Valley while no mobile internet facility is available on these phones.

Calling facility is available on BSNL phones. Image Source: Nimbuzz
Calling facility is available on BSNL phones. Image Source: Nimbuzz

Internet services are working in the valley on fixed landline connections provided by the BSNL. (IANS)

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The ITU says countries that are hooked into the digital economy do better in their overall economic well-being and competitiveness.

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The International Telecommunication Union reports that for the first time in history, half of the global population is using the internet. A new report finds by the end of the year, 3.9 billion people worldwide will be online.

The report finds access to and use of information and communication technologies around the world is trending upwards. It notes most internet users are in developed countries, with more than 80 percent of their populations online. But it says internet use is steadily growing in developing countries, increasing from 7.7 percent in 2005 to 45.3 percent this year.

The International Telecommunication Union says Africa is the region with the strongest growth, where the percentage of people using the internet has increased from just over two percent in 2005 to nearly 25 percent in 2018.

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A Somali man browses the internet on his mobile phone at a beach in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. VOA

The lowest growth rates, it says, are in Europe and the Americas, with the lowest usage found in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to data on internet usage, newly released statistics show mobile access to basic telecommunication services is becoming more predominant. ITU Senior Statistician, Esperanza Magpantay says access to higher speed mobile and fixed broadband also is growing.

“So, there is almost 96 percent of the population who are now covered by mobile population signal of which 90 percent are covered by 3G access. So, this is a high figure, and this helps explain why we have this 51 percent of the population now using the internet,” she said.

With the growth in mobile broadband, Magpantay says there has been an upsurge in the number of people using the internet through their mobile devices.

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The ITU says countries that are hooked into the digital economy do better in their overall economic well-being and competitiveness. Unfortunately, it says the cost of accessing telecommunication networks remains too high and unaffordable for many.

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It says prices must be brought down to make the digital economy a reality for the half the world’s people who do not, as yet, use the internet. (VOA)