Pakistan China optic fibre cable

Pakistan China optic fibre cable will inaugurate today on Friday 13 July, 2018. It has been laid to provide direct connection between Pakistan, the Middle Asia and East Asia.

COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Special Communications Organisation (SCO) director general and Huawei Middle East Region President Charles Yang will join the inauguration ceremony in Islamabad

It is among early harvest project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the only information and communication technology (ICT) project under CPEC.

Total estimated cost was $44 million and Exim Bank of China provided 85% of loan at a discounted rates. The project procurement and construction (EPC) contractor was Huawei and is owned by SCO.

Pakistan China optic fibre was started in March 2016 and ended in June 2018. The length of the project covers an area of 820 km including are 26 microwave transmission nodes from Rawalpindi to Karimabad and 171 km of aerial fibre cable from Karimabad to Khunjerab as a back-up.

Pakistan China optic fibre is completed after two years, and ready for commercial use with the hard work by SCO and Huawei

Scope of Pakistan China optic fibre cable

Pakistan China optic fibre cable will minimise the risk of disruption to international traffic. It will also provide multiple international links with the new Gwadar landing station in order to reduce discontinuity issues.

Pakistan China optic fibre cable will also help to create trading opportunities for northern areas of the country and promote tourism. It will also improve the telecom and ICT industry of Pakistan. it will help to provide 3G/4G services in the northern areas and enhance communication security with an alternative fibre route.

It will be the first ever fibre cable project in the world at an altitude of 4,700 meters. Pakistan China optic fibre will connects Rawalpindi with Khunjerab on the Pakistan-China border.  This cable will be extended to Gwadar in future, which will fully connect  Gwadar with all Pakistan and China.