The 820-kilometer long Pak-China fibre optic cable has been activated. From Rawalpindi to Khunjerab the caber has been made active and will now be commercially used.
Special Communications Organisations (SCO) spokesperson said that the cable will play an essential part in linking China and Pakistan with the rest of the world.
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He said, “The completion of the project holds a milestone importance.”
$44 million expenditure will be spent on the initiative. It is supported 85% by the Exim Bank of China’s concessionary loan. Military run SCO and its engineering owns the project. Huawei is the procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
Pak-China fibre optic project is the first cross-border initiative between China and Pakistan as revealed by spokesperson of SCO. It will improve the internet traffic from China, Middle East to Africa and Europe.
Once the project is completed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) it will change the project in to a digital corridor from a trade corridor. Back in May, 2018 the foundation of Pak-China fibre optic cable project was laid.
Through Islamabad 18.2 kilometres portion of the cable will pass, through Gilgit-Baltistan 466 kilometres, through Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) 280 kilometres and through Punjab 47 kilometers of the cable will pass.
The cable passes from Khunjerab via Karimabad, Gilgit, Chilas, Babusar Top, Naran, Mansehra and JaryKas to reach Islamabad.