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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

 

Telephone Services 

Is there an existing landline telephone network? 

Yes  

Does it allow international calls? 

Yes    

Number and Length of Downtime Periods (on average) 

5%-10% per year 

Mobile Phone Providers  

Libyana 

 AlMadar Aljadid 

Approximate Percentage of National Coverage 

Main areas are covered, deserts are not 

 

Telecommunications Regulations 

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? 

Regulating Authority 

Satellite 

  

Yes 

HF Radio 

  

Yes 

UHF/VHF/HF Radio: Handheld, Base and Mobile 

  

Yes 

UHF/VHF Repeaters 

  

Yes 

GPS 

Unsure 

 

VSAT 

  

Yes 

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 

  

UNDP 

WFP 

UNSMIL 

VHF Frequencies 

 

Expired licence 

Oea/Tripoli  

HF Frequencies 

 

Expired licence 

Oea/Tripoli 

Locations of Repeaters  

 

3 VHF in Tripoli 

Oea/Tripoli (UHF Tetra) 

  

VSAT 

 

Benghazi 

Oea/Tripoli 

 

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? 

Yes  

If yes, are they privately or government owned? 

Both 

Dial-up only? 

No 

Approximate Rates (local currency and USD - $) 

Dial-up 

NA 

Broadband 

US$140/1Mbps BW/month 

Max Leasable ‘Dedicated’ Bandwidth 

100Mbps 

 

  

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 

 

Company 

Number of Agent Outlets by Area 

Network Strength by Area 

Contracted for Humanitarian or GovernmenCash Transfer 

Programmes? 

Services Offered 

 

Libyana 

Plenty 

Good  

No 

 Pre paid only 

Almadar Aljadid 

Plenty 

Good 

Yes 

Merchant payment, Money transfer