Libya to encourage private ISPs

15 Aug 2012

The government of Libya has indicated that it is preparing to issue local private sector companies with full internet service provider (ISP) licences to offer online access across the country for the first time, according to a report by Tunisia Live cited by Telecompaper. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that state-run Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT) – a wholly owned subsidiary of Libya Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) – is the country’s only ISP with an international gateway licence, and also acts as a moderator for the internet sector. Several other organisations have been awarded concessions to provide local internet access, including IT services company Al Falak, Bayt Al Shams (BsISP) and Tripoli-based Modern World Communications (a specialist in network infrastructure solutions for companies and public bodies), although details on the status of these companies’ internet access operations are scarce.