PTCL, China Telecom Global to establish optical fiber network in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: (APP) Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and China Telecom Global (CTG) would establish an optical fibre network that will run through many under-served areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB).
In this connection, both organisations have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a ceremony held at China Telecom Global Headquarters, Hong Kong.
Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL, Sikandar Naqi and Executive Vice President Network Operations, China Telecom Global, Donald Tan signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
On the occasion, Sikandar Naqi said this is an important milestone in our digital connectivity links as 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 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.