The fiber optic cable project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will begin commercial operations at the end of this year, which will become Pakistan's main source of income and provide the shortest path for Chinese telecom companies.
So far, some Chinese companies, including China Telecom, have expressed interest in converting telecom traffic from submarine cables to fiber optic cables between China and Pakistan.
According to reports, the total expenditure of the Pakistan-China cable project is US$44 million, which is supported by the China Export-Import Bank with an 85% preferential loan. The project is owned by the Military Special Communications Organization (SCO) and its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor is Huawei China.
Huawei project director Ashraf Malik said in an interview that data will be transmitted from China to Pakistan via fiber optic cable and then to Middle East countries, Europe, Africa, Iran and Afghanistan.
He said that coordination with Chinese companies such as China Telecom is providing traffic to the new network, which will build the trust of other Chinese companies and encourage them to use new routes.
Malik said, "I believe Pakistan will get a lot of responses from Chinese companies, because this will be the shortest telecommunications route, and the connection traffic with other countries will take less time."
In addition, telecommunications traffic will be cheaper than the cost of using submarine cables through India. He added: "The dependence of Pakistan and China on India will end."
It is reported that the entire cable project is safely implemented because there have been no casualties during the implementation phase. The target completion time is three years, but the work is completed ahead of schedule in one year and nine months. However, due to extreme weather conditions, testing is currently not possible. The test began in the current year and the entire project was completed in two and a half years and is scheduled to be put into commercial use by the end of this year.