Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Dr. Umar Saif, highlighted the potential for Pakistan to become a global digital corridor connecting China, Russia, and Central Asian States with the rest of the world.
He emphasized the significance of Pakistan’s optical fiber cable network, stating that it could significantly reduce latency and bring economic benefits to the country. Dr. Saif mentioned the existing fiber connectivity from Kashgar to Karachi, providing an opportunity to offer low-latency connectivity for China’s transit traffic.
The proposed digital corridor aims to connect global traffic to submarine cables using optical fiber cables up to Khunjerab, Karachi, and Gwadar. Dr. Saif mentioned the feasibility of installing additional optical fiber cables and connecting more mobile towers to enhance connectivity. This expansion would result in faster and better internet facilities for users, with plans to collaborate with international organizations like Google and Meta.
The minister highlighted the potential economic benefits, with millions of dollars expected to be generated through the implementation of the digital corridor. Dr. Saif expressed readiness to move forward with the project and mentioned ongoing discussions with international entities for global network collaboration.