(News 24h) – China has obtained permission from Pakistan to place underground cable lines across borders, realizing its ambition to expand technology globally.
The end of the cross-border fiber optic cable line will be located in Pakistan by China to create the Digital Silk Road (DSR) with the ambition to shift the focus of China’s overseas operations from its delivery infrastructure. trade information and network to promote the global expansion of Chinese technology.
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This fiber optic cable is part of the East Africa – Pakistan cable line (PEACE) in the Arabian Sea, to the BRI participating countries and Europe. It is currently located between the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi and the port cities of Karachi and Gwadar.
The $ 240 million project, in partnership with China’s Huawei Technologies, was approved by the government last week. Placement of sea cables in Pakistan’s territorial waters will begin in March, after the government recently approved Cybernet, a local internet service provider, to build a reception on the Arabian Sea in Karachi. .
It is known that the Mediterranean part of the cable line has been laid and run from Egypt to France. The 15,000 km cable line is expected to be operational by the end of this year.
According to Telegeography, a telecommunications market research company headquartered in Washington, Pakistan, there are seven underground cables, four of which are from India. These cable networks were developed by corporations including telecom companies from India, Egypt and Pakistan. However, the country always suffers from a damaged underground cable.
PEACE cable is expected to help Pakistan reduce the risk of network loss with the addition of another underground cable.
Ambition to acquire basic construction and provide global communication services
China has signed DSR cooperation agreements, or provided DSR-related investments to at least 16 countries. But according to the Diplomat, the real number of deals and investments could be much larger. Some statistics show that a third of the countries participating in the BRI – 138 at the moment – are cooperating on DSR projects.
Countries in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia are in desperate need of high-quality, inexpensive technology to expand wireless phone networks and broadband internet coverage.
DSR-related investments can fill that gap. DSR can also help host states gain greater control over their intranets through filtering, content censorship, data localization, and monitoring.
While encouraging necessary development in partner countries under China’s “Belt-Road” initiative, in practice much of this is intended to encourage innovation and upgrading of industries and industries. work in China, at the same time create dependence on China’s digital economy.
Integration between Chinese and foreign technology networks in the vicinity of China (especially Southeast Asia) and beyond is Africa is expanding. There is no denying the fact that China has made a marked turning point in the digital arena.
Only recently, however, did DSR begin to attract international attention, stemming from doubts about Huawei as a trusted 5G telecom network provider participating in projects. telecommunications network infrastructure providers have sparked debates around the world over concerns about security.
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According to China researcher Eyck Freymann, China’s ambition to build “Belt – Road” is not only in building basic infrastructure such as seaports, highways, transport infrastructure. This submarine cable line shows that Beijing is focusing more on high-tech cooperation and digital service provision.
“Beijing wants to dominate the underlying physical infrastructure for global communications, especially the internet,” he told Nikkei Asia.
“This will give them an advantage in internationalizing their technology and pursuing future technology-related agreements with partner countries,” he added.
In previous warnings, the Dutch Institute of International Relations (Clingendael) warned that attention should be paid to the economic, ethical and security challenges of the DSR in the context of China becoming more assertive across the country. bridge.