Published: March 18, 2018
The CPEC has a footprint in every province as well as in Gilgit-Baltistan — but not equally so, particularly in the eyes of those provinces wherein the western route of the project lies. PHOTO: AFP
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s domestic information technology (IT) market is expected to multiply due to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Ministry of IT officials said on Saturday. Talking to APP, the IT ministry’s spokesperson said that ongoing telecommunication schemes under CPEC include construction of cross-border OFC system between China and Pakistan for international connectivity of voice/data traffic (SCO) and provision of seamless GSM coverage along Karakoram Highway (KKH) for the proposed Gwadar-Kashghar Economic Corridor in Gilgit-Baltistan (SCO). He said that the CPEC route, which includes the building of roads, ports, dams and connecting cities has provided a much-needed boost to the economy which will bring benefits to the IT industry too. “Pakistan has become an attractive market for people-centric mobile-based applications and products and is ready for the next level of development with a state-of-the-art and ubiquitous connectivity structure through fixed and mobile networks having a teledensity of more than 71% which is increasing every month,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2018