Islamabad: 820-kilometer long Pak-China optic fiber cable project from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab would be completed at a cost of US$ 44 million by June 2018. After the completion of this project of Information Technology (IT) under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) the trade corridor would change into a digital corridor.
This project is being completed in collaboration between China’s Huawei and Special Communication Organization (SCO) said Muhammad Adil, Senior Project Manager, SCO. He said that this project would be beneficial for linking Pakistan and China strategically.
This project would generate revenue and would also be the safest route of voice traffic between the two countries he said. Muhammad Adil said, the Pak-China fiber optic fiber cable would provide an alternate source for world trade. He hoped that awareness about trade, tourism and Information Technology (IT) would create economic opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
The foundation stone of the Pak-China optic fiber cable project was laid in May this year. 18.2 kilometers portion of the optic fiber cable would pass through the federal capital, 466 kilometers from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 280 kilometers from Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KPK), and 47 kilometers from Punjab.
The optical fiber cable would reach Rawalpindi from Khunjerab via Karimabad, Gilgit, Chilas, Babusar Top, Naran, Mansehra and Jery Kas.
There was also a project to expand the fiber cable up to Gawadar which was in final phase of approval and would provide an international linkage along the entire route of CPEC.