The optic fiber cable that will connect Pakistan, Middle East, and East Asia will be inaugurated today.
The inauguration ceremony will be held in Islamabad. Chief of Army StaffGeneral Qamar Javed Bajwa, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Special Communications Organisation (SCO) director general and Huawei Middle East Region President Charles Yang will be present at the inauguration ceremony.
The fiber optic cable will connect Rawalpindi with Khunjerab on the Pakistan-China border. It is the highest fiber cable project connecting the two countries with an altitude of 4,700 meters. Later on, the cable will be extended to Gwadar, fully connecting Pakistan and China.
The fiber optic project was the first programme under mega China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
The total estimated cost of the project was $44 million and 85% of the loan was provided by the Exim Bank of China.
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The construction work on this important project started back in March 2016 and it was completed by June 2018. An area of 820 km is covered by the cable. From Rawalpindi to Karimabad there are 26 microwave transmission nodes and from Karimabad to Khunjerab there is 171 km of aerial fiber cable.
After two years of effort by SCO and Huawei, the project is finally completed.
The aim of the optic fiber cable is to provide a direct link to Pakistan, the Middle East, and East Asia and ensure that there are minimum noise and disruption in between.
It will benefit the telecom and IT industry of Pakistan. Help improve the internet service and promote tourism in the country. It will also provide fast internet 3G/4G services in the northern areas of Pakistan.