Authorities have unblocked most landlines. But apart from 6,000 mobiles used by police and government officials, most of Kashmir’s 880,000 mobile connections and internet services remain suspended.
State governor Satya Pal Malik in August said the lines were mainly useful as a “weapon” for “terrorists and Pakistanis for mobilisation and indoctrination”.
Some IT companies have already laid off workers, many are preparing to move their business away from Kashmir.
Rasool at STC said his company had lost more than $2.8 million in business since August 5 and has laid off two thirds of its 370 employees.
“We can’t function in a total blackout,” said STC’s finance chief Abid Bhat who compared the shutdown to being “blind”.
High-tech is not alone in its suffering.