CPEC is not only a connectivity network of roads, railways, ports, and oil and gas pipelines but it also has cross-border fibre optic cable connectivity between China and Pakistan. The 820 KM long fibre optic cable project at a cost of $44 million, stretches from China’s western Xinjiang region and enters Pakistan through the Khunjerab border and then travels through Gilgit-Baltistan to Mansehra, KPK to connect to Muzaffarabad, AJK and onwards to Islamabad and Rawalpindi, where its link with existing optical connectivity network of Pakistan.