The Indian government has temporarily restored full internet access in Kashmir after more than seven months of a total communications blackout.
The authorities also lifted the ban on social media sites. However, internet access over mobile devices will remain restricted to slow speeds.
According to a government order issued by the region’s home secretary, Shaleen Kabra, the restoration will remain in effect until March 17. Kabra said access over fixed lines will be limited to registered customers only.
A leading broadband service provider in Kashmir has since begun implementing the new government order.
The internet ban was imposed on the Muslim-majority region in August 2019 by the Indian government in a bid to prevent anti-India protests by rebels seeking autonomy of Kashmir.