The General Posts and Telecommunications Co (GPTC) of Libya, which acts as the country’s regulator and as a service provider, has awarded China’s Huawei Technologies a contract to install 500,000 mobile lines in the country. The USD37 million contract is expected to be completed within the next eight months. The GPTC is ultimately planning to install ten million fixed and mobile lines in Libya and is currently witnessing an upsurge in demand in the sector. Libyana Mobiles has estimated one million-plus subscribers while rival Al Madar has around 500,000 thanks to a 70% expansion of its network. The total number of mobile subscribers in the country is expected to reach six million by 2007.