The Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable, which connects Pakistan with China through Khunjerab, was inaugurated and put into service by Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk Prime Minister of Pakistan at Pak-China Friendship Center. The inauguration was held in presence of Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, Chines Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, Federal Minister for Information and Technology Muhammad Yusuf Shaikh, Huawei Middle East Region President Charles Yang, Special Communications Organistaion (SCO) Director General Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa HI (M), and Inspector General Information Technology Deputy General Humayun Aziz.
A CPEC Project; The Pak-China Fiber Optic cable project is main ICT based venture grouped under CPEC. The link spans over 822 kilometers starting from Rawalpindi till Khunjerab pass. The link will be extended to Gwadar which will fully connect Pakistan with China. A total of $44 millions spend to complete the project by Huawei Technologies and will be operated and maintained by Special Communication Organization.
Benefits; Beside available high speed international back-haul links which are achieved through submarine, this will be a new high speed back-haul link which will connect Pakistan to Middle Asia and East Asia through land connection. The new fiber optic link is the only Land Link to the outside world, which assures the stability of connection to the outside world. Multiple international links have been introduced to link with Gwadar Landing station which reduced the risk of discontinuity and disturbances in the international connection.
The new link will boost the Telecom and ICT industry in Pakistan. The project will facilitate many trading opportunities for northern areas of Pakistan and help in promoting tourism in the area. This Fiber-optic route is considered as highly stable and secure platform for introducing 3G/4G services in the area.