Islamabad- Caretaker Federal Minister of IT&T Dr. Saif stated that Pakistan is aiming to transform the fibre optic cable network into a Global Digital Gateway. Speaking in a meeting he stated that it will be highly advantageous for Pakistan as it could potentially benefit Pakistan by millions of dollars.
The meeting was also attended by the officials from PTA, PTCL, Transworld, and CyberNet. Dr. Saif stated that all the required resources have been provided and all tech giants operating in Pakistan are in compliance.
He stated that Pakistan now has an extensive fibre optic network spread across the country especially from Karachi to Gwadar. He said that a step could be taken and they can be connected to the Global marine cables which would allow us to spread out to provide our services to the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia, and China. We could offer our services at a healthy cost and due to this we would benefit by millions of dollars.
He also informed that discussions with tech giants like Meta and Google are already underway which shows that Pakistan is working on its digital development on a nation-wide scale. This also shows that Pakistan can see some good developments regarding IT in the near future.
As of right now, Pakistan has an extensive 180,000 km fiber optic cable network with almost 6,000 mobile towers. The government is set to expand it to 300,000 km of fiber optic cable deployed and an approximate of 20,000 cell towers.