Telecommunications infrastructure in the main cities is quite good, but it still poor in the south. The telecommunication is controlled by the General Authority for Communication and Information and private companies provide telecommunication services such as internet service providers. For mobile, individuals are allowed to register to Sim cards under their names, they just need to provide photo and copy of their passport.
For more information on telecoms contacts, please see the following link: 4.11 Libya Additional Services Contact List
Is there an existing landline telephone network?
Does it allow international calls?
Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average)
5%-10% per year
Mobile Phone Providers
Approximate Percentage of National Coverage
Main areas are covered, deserts are not
Importing of telecommunication equipment is very difficult. There is still no clear regulations/procedures and licensing process on importing such equipment.
Regulations on Usage and Import
Regulations in Place?
UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile
Individual Network Operator Licenses Required? YES
Frequency Licenses Required? YES
Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems
Humanitarian telecoms systems are in place and managed by UNSMIL. They are located in Oea City in Tripoli
Existing UN Telecommunication Systems
Locations of Repeaters
3 VHF in Tripoli
Oea/Tripoli (UHF Tetra)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
Reliable internet services are available in Libya. Mainly in Tripoli, Benghazi and other big cities, but still poor in the south. Libya Telecom & Technology (LLT) is a pioneer company in internet and the first internet service provider in Libya. Aljeel Aljadeed for technology is another service provider that provides the internet services in several technology (Fiber, ,ِADSL ,Wireless).
Internet Service Providers
Are there ISPs available?
If yes, are they privately or government owned?
Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $)
Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
There are two mobile providers’ companies in Libya. The services and mobile coverages are good and reliable in the main cities inside Libya, fair/poor in the south.
For information on MNOs please visit the GSM Association website.
Number of Agent Outlets by Area
Network Strength by Area
Contracted for Humanitarian or Government Cash Transfer
Pre paid only
Merchant payment, Money transfer