Mobilink is currently deploying a very large, 8,500 km fiber optic network in Pakistan which will act as the backbone for its traffic by the end of 2008. An article that just appeared in The Daily Times details the project. Mobilink has already invested about $2.5BN in telecom infrastructure development in Pakistan and is poised to spend another $500M this year. With PTCL’s pioneering fiber network, and Wateen’s Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative, Mobilink now adds to the list of independent telecom companies investing in significant wired infrastructure. Read on to view extracts from the article and a link.
By Romail Kenneth
KARACHI: Mobilink fiber optic project is expected to be completed by the second half of the current calendar year. Presently it is 6,500 kilometer long. The third phase of expansion for another 2000 km is currently underway, which will provide a third redundant link. The current deployment already has two redundant links, Mobilink official spokesperson told Daily Times here Friday.“We have plans to provide high-speed data connectivity in the urban and rural sectors of Pakistan through WiMax services.” Being a developing country, the expansion of broadband networks and services is of high importance to the Pakistani economy, he said adding that broadband connections in the country currently stood at around 0.1 million. With the population figure at over 165 million, this will clearly place Pakistan’s economic development into the next stages of progress.