New high speed cable to connect rural villages in Pakistan’s tribal regions is set to be launched on Sunday.
The high-frequency cable is expected to cost about US$2.3bn, a government spokesman said.
The project is part of a $6bn plan to build new high speed lines linking the capital Islamabad to the city of Peshawar.
It is expected that the new cable will connect at least 2,000 villages in the tribal areas of North Waziristan, which border Afghanistan and Iran.
It will be connected to the existing high-capacity cable network in Peshawar and would be operated by a joint venture between the state-run Pakistan Power Corporation (PPC) and Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).
The project, which is part-funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will bring internet connectivity to the rural areas of the tribal regions of North-West Frontier Province, according to the government.
The tribal areas are located in North Wargah, North Waza, North-East Frontier Province and North Wana.
Peshawar is home to about 30 million people.
The country has about 2.5 million people living in tribal areas.
The government has said it is committed to making the tribal connectivity available to the rest of Pakistan.
The project is expected cost about $2.5bn, the spokesman said on Sunday, without providing a breakdown of the funding.