Pakistan-China Fiber Optic Project

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The Pakistan-China Fiber Optic Project is a 820 kilometer long optical fiber cable laid down between the Khunjerab Pass on the China-Pakistan border and the city of Rawalpindi. It has been constructed as part of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor at an estimated cost of $44 million.[1] Groundbreaking on the project took place on May 19, 2016 in the city of Gilgit.[2] The line was first envisaged in 2009,[3] with Pakistan and China signing an agreement in 2013 to implement the project .[4] However the project was not implemented until being included as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Placement of the line will take an estimated 2 years, and will bring 3G and 4G connectivity to the Gilgit-Baltistan region.[5]

The line will connect the Transit Europe-Asia Terrestrial Cable Network with that of Pakistan,[6] which currently transmits its telecom and internet traffic through four undersea fiber optic cables, with another three undersea fiber optic cables under construction.[7]

466.54 kilometers of the route will be located in Gilgit-Baltistan, while 287.66 kilometers will be laid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 47.56 kilometers will be in Punjab province, and 18.2 kilometers in Islamabad Capital Territory.[8]

The project is financed by the Exim Bank of China at a concessionary interest rate of 2%, versus the 1.6% typical of other CPEC infrastructure projects.[9]

The project has been completed and inaugurated in July 2018.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "India Snubbed: Pak-China Initiate CPEC Project in Gilgit-Baltistan". The Quint. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "PM inaugurates Pakistan-China Fiber Optic project". The News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Khan, Mehwish (19 May 2016). "Pakistan To Deploy Fiber Optic Cable to Connect with China". ProPakistani. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "PM performs groundbreaking of Pak-China optic fiber project". Dunya News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "India Snubbed: Pak-China Initiate CPEC Project in Gilgit-Baltistan". The Quint. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "PM performs groundbreaking of Pak-China optic fiber project". Dunya News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pakistan to Get $44 Million Fiber Optic Back Haul to Link with China". ProPakistani. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pakistan to Get $44 Million Fiber Optic Back Haul to Link with China". ProPakistani. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  9. ^ Naveed Butt (3 September 2015). "Economic corridor: China to extend assistance at 1.6 percent interest rate". Business Recorder. 
  10. ^ https://tribune.com.pk/story/1756458/2-optic-fibre-cable-connecting-pakistan-china-inaugurated-today/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)