During the Operational Launch ceremony of the Carrier Neutral Pakistan Internet Exchange & Data Center in Islamabad on January 29, 2024, Dr. Umar Saif, Caretaker Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication, marked the occasion as a momentous day for the Pakistan telecom and IT industry.
Dr. Umar Saif, in collaboration with key entities including PTCL, SCO, PTA, De CIX, PEACE Cable, and China Mobile, announced the achievement of three significant milestones, paving the way for Pakistan’s prominence in the regional IT landscape.
Firstly, a groundbreaking agreement has been established for China to direct its Internet traffic through Pakistan. This strategic collaboration positions Pakistan as a regional hub for connectivity, foreseeably generating substantial revenue through Internet transit traffic.
The collaboration with China marks a crucial step in enhancing regional connectivity, fostering economic growth, and solidifying Pakistan’s role in the global digital landscape. The influx of Internet transit traffic is anticipated to contribute significantly to the country’s revenue streams, underlining the strategic importance of this alliance.
The achievement of these milestones is attributed to the collaborative efforts of key entities involved in the telecom and IT sectors. Partnerships with PTCL, SCO, PTA, De CIX, PEACE Cable, and China Mobile underscore the commitment to advancing Pakistan’s position in the global technology arena.
The operational launch of the Carrier Neutral Pakistan Internet Exchange & Data Center signifies a transformative era for Pakistan’s IT industry. This state-of-the-art facility is poised to play a pivotal role in fostering innovation, collaboration, and economic growth in the digital domain.
As Pakistan embraces its role as a regional hub for Internet traffic, these developments are expected to elevate the country’s standing in the global IT landscape. The strategic collaboration with China adds a new dimension to Pakistan’s connectivity initiatives, creating a ripple effect of opportunities for economic advancement in the digital era.