The optic fibre cable project in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) which is under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is under completion at a faster pace. This project is expected to give a boost to the tourism and trade and would bring awareness of information technology in the region.
The project was initiated last month. This is one of the only ICT (information and telecommunication technology) project under CPEC. The 820 km optic fibre cable extends from Khunjerab to Rawalpindi and costs $44 million. So, far an amount of $28.30 million has been spent on the project.
As per the sources of Planning and Development Division on Sunday the project completion time is until the December of this year, however, chances are that the project might complete before its schedule.
While giving details about the project the sources said that the main alignment of CPEC optical fibre is Rawalpindi—Mansehra—Naran—Babusar top—Chillas—Gilgit—Karimabad and Khunjerab.
The project would particularly be playing a major role in the provision of 3G and 4G services in the region of Gilgit Baltistan besides establishing other international connectivity of Pakistan and China with the remaining world.
Necessarily, the project would prove advantageous as it would be a significant source of revenue, tourism, IT awareness and of trade facilitation in the region. The project would also be creating more employment opportunities for the people of Gilgit Baltistan.
Additionally, the project would provide advanced telecom facilities on the CPEC route, besides providing a direct access for Pakistan-Middle East for China and Central Asian Republics for East and Europe.
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