PTCL & China Telecom Global Sign MoU to Establish Optical Fiber Network 

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and China Telecom Global (CTG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will make it possible for establishment of an optical fibre network that will run through many underserved areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Sikandar Naqi, Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL and Mr. Donald Tan, Executive Vice President Network Operations, China Telecom Global at a ceremony held recently at China Telecom Global Headquarters in Hong Kong.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sikandar Naqi, Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL said, “This is an important milestone in our digital connectivity links. Our ongoing collaboration represents a strategic development which will create a number of business opportunities of mutual interest including IP bandwidth, capacity on Submarine Cables and establishment of optical fiber cable (OFC) links.”

The MoU will enable PTCL to deploy a new OFC link connecting China via Gilgit to Rawalpindi and Peshawar from where it would be connected to the PTCL national OFC backbone. The collaboration will enable China to extend carrier connectivity to Pakistan as well as neighboring countries.

At present, PTCL’s optical fibre network extends till Chitral and Kohistan Districts of KPK. PTCL has aggressive plans to extend the cable network to Gilgit through two different routes. An optical fibre link exists between Besham and Dassu. The extended PTCL OFC link will connect Gilgit to Rawalpindi and Peshawar from where it would be connected to the PTCL national OFC backbone.

This collaboration will allow Chinese carriers to establish connectivity to neighboring countries through PTCL’s terrestrial OFC link and major European destinations through PTCL’s established submarine cables infrastructure including SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-4, IMEWE and AAE-1 which offer extremely low latency compared to the existing solutions.


  • Ahista Ahista China Qadam Barha Raha Hai PTCL Main :

    In Future :
    PTCL = (Pakistan Telecommunication China Limited)

    • Gulfam Rajpoot


    • Ahmad

      achi baat hai, 10 saal pehlay wala net yaad karo

      • 10 Saal Pehly : You mean at the age of 15 Years ! Sorry us waqt mujhy net ka pata bhi nahi tha

    • Muhammad Abrar Ali

      Hahahaha Agreed Wahab :p

  • Askari

    Ahista ahista Pakistan ka naam China hojaye ga

    • Chingistan

    • BADAR

      yes. Pakistan will become a China’s State. It is a good gesture. Pakistanion aur hindustanion mein to hakumat krne ki taqat nhi hai, chalo china hi sahi. Yeah qaum senkron salon se ghulam hi rahi hau, kabhi Afghanion kay kabhi turkey kay kabhi iranion kay kabhi british kay kabhi america kay aur ab china kay banane jarahe hain.

  • Ahmad Nauman Mirza

    Pakistan and China …..Exams mah jab koe laiq larky k sath koe na laiq a jahay …..

  • Ali

    Good ptcl need to upgrade speed stromfiber and fiberlink are proving high speed at same price as compared to ptcl.

    • Ammar Bashir

      But they are limited to some areas , and ptcl is everywhere

      • Sajjad

        Oh yeah, PTCL is the oldest network in Pakistan with full fledged privilege and they have forked out billion trillions from Pakistani people pocket but didn’t spend a single penny on infrastructure.

  • Muhammad Adil

    I hope this will good for the people living in dark area ( with out telecom basic infrastructure) CTG setting up their office in Islamabad

  • Faheem Ahmed

    i am doing applied diploma in telecom…would it help me???

    • Saqib Mansoor

      You should pursue career paths that interest you. Don’t fall into the pit that is “will this get me enough money in the future”.

  • Zoraiz

    how much improvement will there be in speed and how will this have an impact on Internet costs?

  • Saqib Mansoor

    How many fiber lines are they talking about? I’ve been listening about such projects between the two countries for the past 3-4 years.

  • Muhammad Adil

    Congratulations to PTCL and SCO for strengthening together to carry transit traffic :
    48 fiber cable Ultra low lossI TU-T G.655C ( corning Optical Fiber imported and assembled into cable locally by LTE Pakistan and Celmore Cable Industry Pakistan) Huwawei OTN OSN 8800 installed initially to carry 100G data on one lambda, Congratulations to PTCL and SCO for strengthening together to carry transit traffic