Technical Issues Strike Internet Connection in Libya


On Tuesday, the Libyan Post, Telecommunications and IT Holding Company (LPTIC) said that technical issues have affected Libya’s Internet traffic.

In a briefing statement, the LPTIC said that the malfunction resulted from the “emergency disconnection of the external electrical supply from the international system, during an urgent maintenance procedure.”

The Company indicated that the work teams have “compensated the lost capacities through alternative international routes, until the main routes are restored.”

The company announced last week that internet traffic had been affected due to a malfunction of the international submarine cable equipment at the drop-off point in the United Kingdom.

In September, LPTIC announced the gradual return of telecommunications services in eastern Libya. This is after an hours-long interruption, due to the severance of an optical fiber cable, east of Benghazi.

In a statement, it said that its engineers were able to “provide an alternative route for the transmission of communications traffic.”

The company noted that maintenance teams are “still working hard to repair the cable and restore communication services on the main routes at full speed.” It praised the “dedication and tremendous efforts of workers to restore communication services to the affected areas.”

An agreement was signed in July for the Bab Tripoli (Tripoli Gate) project between the Libya Telecom and Technology Company (LTT) and the Libyan Investment and Development Company (LIDCO).

The agreement sees LTT providing LIDCO’s Bab Tarabulus project with the latest technologies for communication and internet services, by implementing a high-speed fiber-optic network (FTTx).

LPTIC said this agreement came as part of the steps taken by its affiliated companies to achieve the sector’s vision for the year 2025. This will support digital transformation, and establish a stable infrastructure, leading to effective communication between citizens and the world around them.

The company was established in accordance with the decision of Prime Minister number 63 for the year 2005. This formed a holding company, owning telecommunications companies: Libyana, Al-Madar, LTT, Aljeel Aljadeed for Technology, International Communications Company, and Hatef Libya.