China Telecom Global (CTG) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) together have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to establish an optical fibre network through the underserved areas of the country including Azad Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The signing ceremony was held at China Telecom Global Headquarters in Hong Kong. The MoU was signed by Executive Vice President Network Operations Mr. Donald Tan of China Telecom Global and Chief Business Development Officer Mr. Sikander Naqi of PTCL.
Describing the importance of this collaboration, Mr. Sikander Naqi stated:
“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.”
With the help of this newly signed MoU, PTCL will deploy an optical fiber capble network connecting China through Giligt to Rawalpindi and Peshawar. Via these areas the cable network would be connected to the PTCL national OFC backbone. Moreover, as far as China’s share in this collaboration is concerned, the country would be free to extend carrier connectivity to Pakistan alongside other neighbouring countries 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.