Translated by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
On way to Shimshal, we had to change the van. We waited outside the town ,where we saw only a couple of cabins. After some times, Robert, a Briton with whom now I am travelling, discovered something unusual: The SCO Passu Exchange.
A person is sitting in one of these small huts (7×24) connecting telephone links between the towns north of Passu and the rest of the world.
The equipment was in an antique-style wood panel, probably comes from the pre-war era. Unfortunately, I had no photo but a short description depicting the picture of the technical development in this part of the world.
If a person wants to call, a small lamp glows in the box. The official then takes the handset up to ask where the caller wants to call. The official puts a cable connection in order to connect to the next station. When the call is finished, then glows the second light and the official separates the cable. The maximum capacity of this main exchange point is as much as ten simultaneous connections.
If, as the power failure happens several times a day, then a dozen of car batteries are used to ensure the connection for a while. I myself had experience with telecommunication solutions with IBM in Pakistan and now the problems which we always had, no more surprises me.
(The write up has been posted by a traveller on June 13, in a travel blog in German language. To visit the orignal source click here: Passu Exchange)