The Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable, which connects Pakistan with China through Rawalpindi to Khunjerab, was inaugurated and put into service earlier today.
According to details available the Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable covers a distance of 822 kilometres and runs from Rawalpindi till Khunjerab pass to connect with China.
The cable will be operated and maintained by the Special Communication Organization. Huawei Technologies deployed the project at a total cost of $44 million.
With this new cable, Pakistan just got another high-speed back-haul to connect the country with the outside world. The SCO spokesperson said the Pak-China fibre optic project is the first cross-border contact between the two neighbours.
The completion of the project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will convert the trade corridor into a digital corridor.
Around 18.2 kilometres portion of the cable passes through the federal capital, 466 kilometres in Gilgit-Baltistan, 280 kilometres in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and 47 kilometres in Punjab. The cable reaches Rawalpindi from Khunjerab via Karimabad, Gilgit, Chilas, Babusar Top, Naran, Mansehra and JaryKas.