ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman has said that Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Project will make Pakistan a hub of telecommunication in the region. Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the minister said that the project is the part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which will provide fast broadband service to the people of Pakistan. “The government is pursuing the project of Digital Pakistan to ensure that the broadband services reach the un-served and under-served areas of the country,” Anusha said adding that a comprehensive strategy is being evolved to ensure the provision of 3G and 4G services in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. “This landmark telecommunication project will cost US$44 million,” she said, “Special Communication Organization will lay an 820-kilometre long cable from Rawalpindi to Khunjarab.” Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed groundbreaking of Pakistan-China Optical Fiber Cable Project in Gilgit. Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman, GB Governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan, and Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir were also present on the occasion. On completion, the project will provide an alternate telecommunication route between Pakistan and China.
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