New Fiber Optic Cable Connecting Pakistan with China Inaugurated

The Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable, which connects Pakistan with China through Khunjerab, was inaugurated and put into service earlier today.

According to details available with ProPakistani, the Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable covers a distance of 822 kilometers and runs from Rawalpindi till Khunjerab pass to connect with China.

The cable will be operated and maintained by Special Communication Organization. Huawei Technologies deployed the project at a total cost of $44 million.

The Inauguration Ceremony for the Fiber Optic Cable took place at Pak-China Friendship Center earlier today. The chief guest of the event was Prime Minister of Pakistan Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk.

Pak-china ofc project

The ceremony was also graced by the Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, China’s 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.

The PM officially inaugurated the project and the first live video call to SCO’s office in Khunjerab was made during the event. A memento for this day was presented to the PM by IG Communication and Information Technology.

It’s pertinent to mention here that the Pak-China Fiber Optic cable is the only ICT based project that’s classified under CPEC.

With this new cable, Pakistan just got another high-speed back-haul to connect the country with the outside world. The cable is also the only way to connect with the outside world through land, all other international connections are managed through submarine cables.

Below are Pakistan’s current international bandwidth details:

  1. TW1 with a design capacity of 1.28Tbps
  2. Sea-Me-We-3 with 480 Gbps in two fiber pairs
  3. Sea-Me-We-4 with a design capacity of 1.28Tbps
  4. I-ME-WE with the max capacity of 3.86Tbps
  5. AAE-1 with a capacity of 40Tbps
  6. Sea-Me-We-5 with a design capacity of 24Tbps
  7. Pak-China Fiber Optic Cable

The following cable is under development and is likely to go live within next two years:

  1. PEACE cable with design capacity of 60Tbps

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


    • That’s a good question. All articles about this don’t say who the telecom partners are. They only say that SCO has been given the task of laying the cable.

  • Ami Bhai is say end users ko kia faida hoga ?
    Telenor 3G,4G ke speed behtar ho jay ge ya nhi

    • In the short term it means more competition among international bandwidth providers in Pakistan which will mean lower prices for Pakistani ISPs. In the long term one would expect those savings to be passed on to consumers (or perhaps they will refrain from increasing prices as the rupee depreciates – savings of another sort).

      It also means that we have a reliable land based route to access international connectivity. All our other fibre optics links are undersea cables and as has been seen in the past they sometimes get damaged which causes slowdowns for the entire nation’s internet access. So this cable means greater redundancy.

    • One other thing. Lower latency to East Asian servers. Right now we enjoy lower latency to servers in Europe compared to East Asia. So this will hopefully rectify that situation.

  • yeh cable china se islamabad tak hi ayegi to karachi ko iska kuch faida hoga ya nahin? is baray mein bhi roshni daalye thodi.

    • This was the first phase of this project. Next is the 2nd phase where the Rawalpindi line will go to Karachi. Though karachi walo kay paas to itni options ha kay wo confuse ho jaty ho gay. In ISB you have only 1 option and that is complain the 1 internet provider that is available in your area. :-).

  • YouKu is faster nowadays. I can’t say for anything else yet. One question is there what is the capacity of this cable and which ISP will use it to offer services?

  • This is a good NEWS. Please also share further good NEWS of our country Pakistan to all Pakistani living abroad. We are fed-up with the stinky, rotten, rubbish, filthy, jaundiced and stagnant name of nawaz and corrupt zardari.

  • Major role of the Government is Capacity Building, Enablement, Sustainability, which is done, but still we lag behind the world in upgradation. We were using V-Sat, satellite technologies, etc., which makes it prohibitive for the country. CPEC is doing a great job, but that capacity should be used by Pakistan as well as CEPAK. As one of the most senior member of ITU Pakistan is in a position to act as hub or clearing house to the region. We should grow and act as hub to our regional markets, for which necessary work should be given to respective incumbents.

  • when we can lay Optic Fiber Cable, why can we lay High Voltage Electric Cables from China , connecting to national grid.
    Please note that due to very low temperature in Khunjrab area there will be very very less line loses, and the Chinese electricity is very cheap.


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