Pakistan and China have inaugurated an optic fiber cable that provides a direct link between Pakistan, the Central Asia and East Asia
Pakistan and China have inaugurated an optic fiber cable that provides a direct link between Pakistan, the Central Asia and East Asia. It is the first project under the Early Harvest program of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
The cable connects Rawalpindi with Khunjerab on the Pakistan-China border at an altitude of 4,700m, thought to make it the highest fiber cable project in the world. Later, the cable will be extended to Gwadar to fully connect Pakistan and China. Total cost is estimated at $44 million.
The project is owned by SCO (Special Communications Organization) with engineering, procurement and construction by Huawei.
Construction work began in March 2016. The cable crosses 820km, with 26 microwave transmission nodes between Rawalpindi and Karimabad and 171km of aerial fiber cable from Karimabad to Khunjerab as back-up.
The optic fiber cable will provide a direct connection between Pakistan, the Central Asia and East Asia and minimize 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.
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