The Pak-China Optical Fiber Cable Project is a first of its kind project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which gives China alternate and shorter access for transit telecom traffic to Europe, Middle East and Africa. The project features the development of communication infrastructure of around 820 km underground OFC from Rawalpindi to Khunjerab and 172 km aerial OFC from Karimabad to Khunjerab to supplement in landslide prone areas.
It provides 26 high capacity microwave links as backup to OFC network and 9 node centers in different locations along Rawalpindi-Khunjerab belt. The work on the project was formally launched in 2016 and has been completed in a record two years. The project is a collaboration between Special Communications Organization, China Telecom Global and Pakistan Telecommunication Company..
Optical Fiber Cable from Rawapindi to Khunjrab