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SCO to complete Pak-China fiber optic link by June 2017

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GILGIT: The Special Communications Organization (SCO) will complete Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable project by June 2017, revealed Sector Commander SCO GB Col. Imran Ahmed Bhatti in an interview to Radio Pakistan’s Gilgit correspondent on Thursday.

The work to lay the fiber optic cable is in progress; from Mansehra up north towards GB and from Khunjerab down towards Gilgit, Mr. Bhatti said. It will take about a year make the two ends of the cable meet, he added.

He also revealed that SCO has completed all arrangements to provide 3G and 4G service in GB and  was waiting for approval from the federal government.

The Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project is a project initiated under the much touted China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had performed ground breaking of the project in May this year.

This $44 million fiber optic cable is being laid between Pakistan and China and it will become another high-speed international connection to cater to the rapidly growing Internet traffic needs of Pakistan.

According to the Economic Affaires Division (EAD), China had already released $11.24 million for establishment of the Cross-border optic fiber cable.

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