Pak-China optic fibre: Project to digitalise trade corridor

820km-long cable project to be completed at cost of $44m by June 2018

APP September 19, 2016
820km-long cable project to be completed at cost of $44m by June 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The 820-kilometer long Pak-China optic fibre cable project from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab would be completed at a cost of $44 million by June 2018.

The completion of the project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would convert trade corridor into digital corridor.

This project was being completed in collaboration with China’s Huawei and Special Communication Organization (SCO), said SCO Senior Project Manager Muhammad Adil.

CPEC project: Rawalpindi-Khunjerab fiber optic cable by 2018

He informed APP that this project would be beneficial for strategic link between both Pakistan and China. This project would not only generate revenue but it would also provide a safe route of voice traffic between the two countries, he added.  The Pak-China optic fibre cable would provide an alternative source for world trade, said Adil. He hoped that awareness about trade, tourism and Information Technology (IT) would create economic opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

The foundation stone of Pak-China optic fibre cable project was laid in May this year.

820km Pakistan-China fibre optic cable project to be completed by mid-2018 

Around 18.2 kilometres portion of the optic fibre cable would pass through federal capital, 466 kilometres from GB, 280 kilometres from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and 47 kilometers from Punjab.

The optic fibre cable would reach Rawalpindi from Khunjerab via Karimabad, Gilgit, Chilas, Babusar Top, Naran, Mansehra and JaryKas.

A project to expand the fibre cable up to Gwadar was in final phase of approval, which would provide an international linkage along the entire route of CPEC.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2016.

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buga | 5 years ago | Reply Optic fiber from remote Western China to Northern Pakistan gets you what? Has to be better ways to spend limited resources.
Abbas Ali | 5 years ago | Reply I request for your comments on a news item "Pak-China optic fibre: Project to digitalise trade corridor" that says that fiber optic is passing through Karimabad. I wander that how fiber optic passes through Karimabad as it is far away from the KKH whereas fiber optic passes through the KKH in Hunza. Please enlighten us on this. We GBians are also eager to know that in what terms will fiber optic benefit us as common perception is contrary to reporting.
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