Huawei to lay $44 million connection between Pakistan and China; Will It be censored?

C. Custer
11:30 am on Aug 6, 2013

fiber_optic_picChinese telecom giant Huawei will execute a project that will connect Pakistan with China using fiber-optic cable, according to Pakistan’s APP news service. The connection will run from a remote spot along the countries’ borders near Khunjerab to Rawalpindi (near Islamabad), spanning over 800 km. It will reportedly cost around $44 million, and Huawei plans to have completed the project within two years.

The new connection should help with connectivity issues and assuage security concerns in Pakistan. Currently, the country is connected to the world wide web only through a few undersea cables; the new connection will bring added redundancy that should reduce internet downtime and additional security, as the government believes it will be more difficult to tap into and ‘eavesdrop’ on than the current undersea connections. The project is also expected to stimulate trade and interaction between Pakistan, China, and central Asia.

Probably needless to say, though, there is some concern amongst the public about this project. Huawei has been accused by Western countries (and one of Pakistan’s neighbors) of spying for the Chinese government, and in comments on stories about the new connection, some Pakistani commenters have expressed concerns that Huawei’s equipment may not be as secure as Pakistan’s government seems to be hoping. Some are also wondering whether Pakistani internet traffic passing through China will be subject to the same surveillance and censorship as regular Chinese internet traffic. We’re genuinely not sure what the answer to the latter question is, but we’re looking into it and will update this post if we can dig up additional information.

(APP via Propakistani)

(And yes, we're serious about ethics and transparency. More information here.)

  • NiceNIC

    In my opinion ,it’s really a initiative and innovative practice in China.A company which dare to take a challenge to pursuit further step like HuaWei will be greatly admired.Best wishes to HuaWei.Hope to see more native telecom company step into the world market.

  • NiceNIC

    I just wanna quote what we wrote to one of our clients from Pakistan yesterday in the comment to “Huawei to Lay $44 Million Connection Between Pakistan and China; Will It Be Censored?”:
    “I am sincerely looking forward to cooperate with you and build a long-term partner relationship just like the brotherly country relationship between Pakistan and China”. Hooray!

  • stickler

    how is laying a connection an “innovative practice”? Not judging the plan it either way but it makes more sense to talk about the potential benefits…. if any. Internet in China is atrociously slow but I’m sure it’s an improvement on Pakistan’s network

Read More