SMS services resume in Kashmir Valley; prepaid phones, internet still down

SMS use messages, including ‘one time passwords’ (OTPs), resumed on Tuesday for 40 lakh subscribers in Kashmir following several requests from a public, quite a business community, officials here said.

Though a Jammu and Kashmir administration authorised use providers to resume machine-based messages, subscribers will not be authorised to send any messages from their mobiles, a officials said.

The resumption of use messages will assistance a ubiquitous public, generally business-persons, accept use messages from banks, they said.

Phones fell wordless on Aug 5, when a Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special standing and reorganised a state into dual kinship territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Mobile phones in Kashmir buzzed behind to life after a opening of 72 days on Oct 14, though SMS comforts were stopped within a few hours after a Army claimed terrorists were regulating SMS services to mobilse people.

Over 25 lakh prepaid mobile phones and internet services, including WhatsApp, sojourn deactivated for now, a officials said.

On Aug 17, prejudiced bound line telephony resumed in a Valley. On Sep 4, scarcely 50,000 landlines were announced operational.

In Jammu, communication was easy within days of a besiege and mobile internet restarted around mid-August. However, after the misuse, internet trickery on dungeon phones was snapped on Aug 18.

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