THE snow-capped mountains, scenic beauty, and exquisite wildlife, the ‘Paradise on Earth’ Jammu and Kashmir, can be easily assumed to be without scars. One of the recent battles for slower network and connectivity, the region has experienced depleting growth. Eighteen months without 4G connectivity has severely damaged the scope and growth of entrepreneurship, education, and health in Jammu and Kashmir. With the rolling back of 4G speed in the region, around 15 million people took a sigh of relief. The period of one and half years strained sectors like export, educational, healthcare, tourism and it especially struck entrepreneurial businesses. The lift on the ban will contribute majorly to boosting the economy. The areas that will be majorly benefited by the rollback:
Growth of Entrepreneurial Businesses
The Internet Blackout in Jammu Kashmir due to the ban on 4G connectivity. Entrepreneurial ventures in the region are majorly dependent on the internet due to the lower investment capacity. The rollback of the internet will help in ensuring improved customer services, increased sales, and profitable decision-making amongst the entrepreneurs. Moreover, the union territory can also encourage the emergence of startups for economic development. The start-up ecosystem will revive with the start-up ecosystem. The start-up struggled to thrive upon innovation due to the dependence on the 2G network. The rollback of 4G will also attract investors for entrepreneurial ventures with the assurance of advanced infrastructure.
Influence on igaming sector
The renewal of the 4G network in J&K will respond to the swelling valley of avid gamers. The existing and potential market of gamers presents a major opportunity for economic growth by the establishment of required resources and higher speed. Under the report of a VPN site on internet privacy, internet blackout in J&K is estimated to cost around 4.2 billion dollars. The revival can also boost the market of igaming by offering digitalization of some of the most played games of J&K, such as Teen Patti. This popular card game is mostly preferred during chilled winters and especially in a global pandemic. The population can now enjoy their favorite card games like Teen Patti with cash through mobile applications like, which will be compatible with 4G connectivity.
The ban of 4G evidently affected the healthcare sector of J&K. It not only led to the dysfunctioning of the healthcare scheme of 2018 but it also restricted the basic provision of online healthcare facilities especially at the time of the global pandemic. With the renewal, the population can be benefitted from mobile ‘healthcare workers’, better connected medical equipment, and will rebuild the failing healthcare infrastructure. J&K can also ensure effective response against the COVID-19 pandemic from better connectivity at temporary healthcare locations such as quarantine centers and emergency clinics.
Restoration of 4G connectivity will uplift and recover the economic state of J&K. Better connectivity in the union territory will ensure greater coverage, better communication medium, and will renew the association between the industry and tourists. 4G connection will bring back the trust of the tourists with effective social media communication and will rebuild an industry accompanied with synchronized visual perception and visitors’ movement. The hotel businesses can also be revamped with the rollback of the 4G network with the features like voice assistants, seamless online bookings, promoting stays through visuals, and recommending sites. The most significant benefit enabled from lifting the ban over 4G connectivity can be the provision of personalized services.
Although transportation services are considered as the source of connectivity in a region, without the connectivity of faster Internet, it can lag notably. With the rollout of the 4G network, the union territory can now enrich its services of transportation. Basic operations such as promoting services and accepting bookings on online platforms will be reestablished. J&K also introduced the amenity of digital taxi services for the convenience of domestic and international tourists.
The ban on 4G connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir restricted its growth and opportunities. The decision of rolling back 4G can be reflected in the renewal and development of various sectors. Faster and better internet connection will keep the population a tap away from advancement.
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