US-Libyan business and consultancy group Phoenicia Group Libya LLC has announced plans to deploy a Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satellite internet solution for corporate and government clients in Libya – a first for the country. Phoenicia Group, working through its affiliate Al-Waha IT & Telecommunications, is the only privately owned company licensed to offer private satellite internet and telecommunications services in Libya. It was granted a concession in 2004 and currently provides telecoms services including VSAT, IT consultancy, disaster management, VHF&HF, microwave, security, wireless, and VoIP solutions to military, government and corporate clients. BGAN is a 3G-based satellite internet service launched by Inmarsat providing broadband speeds up to 428kbps using a mobile lap-top sized terminal which can be set up almost anywhere. The company plans to roll out its initial BGAN network for the Libyan Army this summer.