LTT selects ZTE for WiMAX network contract

10 Jan 2008

State-owned internet service provider (ISP) Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT) has selected Chinese equipment vendor ZTE Corp to supply it with WiMAX equipment for what it claims will be Africa’s first commercial deployment of the technology. Reuters reports that the new LTT network will provide coverage of eight cities, including the capital Tripoli, and is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of this year.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, LTT is the country’s dominant ISP and also acts as a moderator for the internet sector. It launched in 1999 and now provides internet services across the country via dial-up, ADSL, VSAT and wireless broadband connections. A handful of other firms have been awarded concessions to provide internet access, including Al Falak, Bayt Al Shams and Modern World Telecom, but LTT is the only one with an international gateway licence. General Posts and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) serves as both the country’s regulator and national fixed line operator. It does not face any competition.


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