A gigantic project of, as long as, 820km Pak-China optic fiber cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjrab would reach completion at the cost of $44 million by June 2018.
According to SCO Senior Project Manager Muhammad Adil as quoted by The News, the accomplishment of this critical information technology project would convert China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into the digital corridor. This project was being completed in collaboration with China’s Huawei and Special Communication Organization (SCO).
This project would strengthen the strategic link between both the countries and not only generate revenues but also become the safest route of voice traffic between the two nations, he added.
Adil claimed that the Pak-China fiber optic fiber cable would work as an alternative source for the world trade. He expressed the hope that awareness about trade tourism and information technology would create economic opportunities in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The foundation stone of the Pak-China optic fiber cable project was laid in May this year. Around 18.2km portion of the fiber optic cable would pass through the federal capital, 466km from Gilgit-Baltistan, 280km from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and 47km from Punjab.
The optical fiber cable would reach Rawalpindi from Khunjrab via Karimabad, Gilgit, Chilas, Babusar Top, Naran, Mansehra, and JeryKas.A project to expand the fiber cable up to Gwadar is in the final phase of approval, which would provide an international linkage along the entire route of CPEC.