India’s Jammu and Kashmir saw more internet outages than any country in 2022

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January 12, 2023

Last year, the union territory recorded 24 incidents of disruption, the highest for a single region anywhere in the world, according to Surfshark, a virtual private network provider.

Internet outages in J&K skyrocketed after 2019 when prime minister Narendra Modi’s government revoked its constitutional autonomy and changed its status from a state of India to a union territory directly governed by New Delhi.

The region also witnessed the world’s longest internet shutdown in a democracy, from August 2019 to January 2020 when 2G internet was restored. It took 18 more months for the authorities to reinstate 4G services.

VIA Quartz

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