GPTC awards major mobile expansion deal

18 Oct 2004

The Libyan General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) has awarded a USD120 million contract to Finnish equipment vendor Nokia for the installation of a nationwide mobile network supporting GSM, EDGE and W-CDMA technologies. Under the deal Nokia will also provide network planning and project management facilities. GPTC serves as both Libya’s telecoms regulator and monopoly national fixed line operator. El Madar Telephone Company, a subsidiary of GPTC, provides services over its GSM network under the banner Orbit Telecom. It was the country’s only wireless operator until September 2004, when the government rolled out a second mobile network under the banner Libyana.