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DoT lifts prepaid ban in Jammu and Kashmir


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India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced that it is repealing the ban on the issue of new pre-paid mobile connections in the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) circle, Telecom Yatra reports.
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced that it is repealing the ban on the issue of new pre-paid mobile connections in the Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) circle, Telecom Yatra reports.

The government introduced the restriction at the beginning of November 2009, claiming that the move was in response to concerns that such services had been used for criminal or terrorist activities. Those customers with existing pre-paid connections will be required to re-verify their details under a new process outlined by the government, and only one mobile connection (either pre- or post-paid) will be allowed per individual. At present five mobile network operators offer commercial services in the region – Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular. In total the five cellcos have a combined subscriber base of approximately 4.4 million in the region as of December 2009.


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