It seems that Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is gearing up to step up its game in a bid to position itself as a dominant force in Pakistan’s telecommunication industry. It is recently reported that PTCL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Telecom Global (CTG) with the aim to establish an optical fiber network that will run through under-served areas of Azad Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit Baltistan.
The move indicates that PTCL is working hard to boost digital connectivity across the country. The MoU was signed by the Chief Business Development Officer of PTCL, Mr. Sikandar Naqi, and Executive Vice President Network Operations of China Telecom Global, Mr. Donald Tan. The ceremony was held at China Telecom Global Headquarters in Hong Kong.
During the ceremony, Mr Sikandar Naqi 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.”
Moreover, PTCL is currently the leading telecommunication company in Pakistan which offers Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services across the country.
As per the new agreement, a new optical fiber cable (OFC) link will be deployed which will connect China via Gilgit to Rawalpindi and Peshawar. From there it would be connected to the PTCL national OFC backbone.
Also, it is pertinent to note that PTCL’s OFC network currently extends till Chitral and Kohistan Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The agreement will eventually allow Chinese carriers to establish connectivity to its neighboring countries through PTCL OFC link and major European destinations through PTCL’s established submarine cables infrastructure, which includes SEA-ME-WE-3, SEA-ME-WE-1, IMEWE and AAE-1, which offers extremely low latency when compared to the existing solutions.