Pakistan, India sign landmark telecom pact

Pakistan's PTCL has signed an agreement with two Indian telecom companies to provide cable links between the two countries through the Wagah border, an Asia Pulse report said. 


The report said telecom giants Reliance and BNC inked the agreement with PTCL, while Indian Telecom is expected to join the pact shortly.


This is the first time that Pakistan has opted to have a direct link with India in the telecom sector, the report said.


Last year, the Indian companies were not permitted to take part in the bidding of privatization of PTCL.


Pakistan showed interest in having an optic-fiber cable telecom link with India ever since the Internet services were disrupted across the country last year due to snapping of an international undersea cable.


Since then Pakistan opted for another alternative cable and decided to have the cable link with India despite concerns expressed by security agencies.