CPEC with US$44 million is planning to Connect Pakistan-China via Optic Fiber. The project designed to connect Pakistan with China via high speed fiber optic cable is anticipated to be finalized by 2017. It will complete one year ahead of the actual time.
The first part of project started in 2016 under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project. Work on eight divisions of 100-125 kilometres length has already started. By engaging special tools, human resource and services the venture is expected to be completed by 2017. The 820 kilometre fiber optic cable will be placed from Khunjerab to Rawalpindi. And in second phase the cable will be laid from Rawalpindito Gwadar and Karachi.
Special Communications Organization (SCO) an affiliated department of Pakistan Army was engaged to offer telecom services in the mountainous area after T&T botched to provide telecom facilities in hard geographic localities of AJK and GB. In fiber optic project also the organization will have to contest against life-threatening weather and other tasks.
As per the project cable will be put down from hilly areas of Khunjerab to Karimabad, Naran, Masnsehra, Abbottabad, Taxila, and Rawalpindi, one of the hard lands of the country. Physical conditions and extreme low temperatures are the major obstacles of the first phase of the project. Due to extreme weather at Babusar top and some areas in Chillas and Sost, the organization has employed specified tools.
Once finished, this back-haul fiber optic cable will offer Pakistan with a direct telecom access to China, Central Asian States and from there to Europe and to and from the United States. At present, Pakistan is connected with the world via four undersea fiber optic cables, whereas other five are in progress and will be working in the upcoming years.
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