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    Undersea optical fibre cable approved

    Pakistan is not using its current 3% share of under see link(though its too much reliable) still its starting an $55 million project to link itself to a paralell link

    By Imran Ayub

    KARACHI: The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has given the approval for the laying of a high-speed undersea optical fibre cable, to link the country with international communication networks, well-placed sources told The News on Saturday. The launching of the project was primarily decided in the third meeting of the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), chaired by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Atta-ur-Rehman in December, 2001.

    The sources said that the ministry had recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in Islamabad in this regard. According to the blueprint of the project, Pakistan would lay the undersea optical fibre cable from within its territorial waters to Fujeirah, near Dubai, from there, it would be promptly connected with the well-established international cable network named Fibre Link Around Globe (FLAG), a project comprising several European, Asian and Gulf states.

    Currently, the country is connected with an international undersea optical fibre, named South East, Middle East, Western Europe-3 (SEMEWE-3). The SEMEWE-3 is joint project of 34 countries including Pakistan, which was laid in 1998. Pakistan contributed $35 million to the total cost of the project and was hence awarded three per cent quota usage, from the total capacity of the SEMEWE-3.

    However, as Pakistan was not utilising its entire quota, as it was more than its need, the PTCL rented out the remaining quota and earns a handsome revenue, added the sources. Defining the need of the new undersea optical fibre cable, the sources said that the SEMEWE-3 is vulnerable to cuts (accidental and malicious) and in the event of a breakdown, international communication between Pakistan and the world at large could be conked out for weeks.

    The only access would then be via the backup Intelsat Satellite System. They said the main purpose of the second fibre link, was to galvanize an alternate option in case of any unforeseen mishap or incident. Correspondingly, the game plan of laying the undersea optical fibre will cost $55 million to the exchequer and it would take a year to complete. Likewise, the cable network, FLAG would not charge a penny for the exceedingly sensitive optical connection, but would solicit a share in its revenue, which Pakistan would get from its consumers.

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    The problem with pakistan at the moment is not international connectivity OR cable infrastructure between cities. Our biggest problem is lack of things like Fiber to the Curb and other cable networks. If we keep everyone on dialup and keep the unis on slow microwave links we're never going to use up our quota.

    Atleast this will make sure that internet connectivity prices wont go up in Pakistan.