SRINAGAR::J&K government has stopped WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) internet services in Kashmir since Friday evening.
No government official assigned any reason about the sudden closure of the internet service.
The wireless internet service, WiMAX, is provided by Union government owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
The state government banned internet mobile services in Kashmir – which is shut since July 09, 2016 – soon after the news of killing of Burhan Wani went viral on July 08, 2016 evening.
WiMAX, a unique technology deployed by BSNL, provides fixed as well as fully mobile high speed broadband connectivity along with roaming feature.
The government, intermittently, suspended broadband internet services as well in last three months.
There was a boom in the sale of WiMAX ever since government banned mobile internet services.
“On the directions of J&K government, we stopped the WiMAX Services in the valley since Friday,” said a senior BSNL official in Srinagar, “the ban shall remain in force till further orders.”
Kashmir is witnessing a civil uprising since the death of Wani during which at least 94 civilians, most of them youngsters, were killed and thousands of others were injured in forces action.
Subsequent Governments in Kashmir have gagging tools of information spread ever since the civil uprisings. Mobile phones too were banned, however, latter only post-paid cellular services were fully operationalized while as pre-paid users have been given only one-way services yet.
(This news story was contributed by Saleem Qadri who is a correspondent with India Blooms News Service Kolkata.