Now that the Second Libyan Civil War is over, Libyan Telecommunications and Information Technology Company (LPTIC) has been focusing on restoring and developing the country’s telecom networks. In early September LPTIC announced that work had begun on its infrastructure development programme to deploy LTE services and improve communications in southern Libya. Al-Madar, Libyana and ISP Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) are in the process of extending 4G services to Wadi al-Shati, Wadi al-Ajal, Wadi al-Hayat, Owainat, Sharqiya and Qatrun districts as part of this initiative’s first phase. These improvements are scheduled for completion by the end of October. A second phase will follow and expand coverage to additional areas including Qabroun.
As part of the current scheme of work, in September, Libyana received the necessary equipment to improve 4G coverage in the municipality of Ghat, located on the border with Algeria in southwestern Libya. Work has already begun to improve coverage between Ghat Al-Madinah, Al-Birkey and Tahalah.
Al-Madar still dominates our awards table, having successfully defended the Video Experience, Games Experience, Voice App Experience and 4G Coverage Experience awards from our last report. However, Libyana retains the 4G Availability and Upload Speed Experience awards, and now shares the Download Speed Experience award with Al-Madar.
In this report we examined the mobile network experience of the two main mobile network operators in Libya: Al-Madar and Libyana, over the period of 90 days starting June 1, 2021, and ending August 29, 2021, to see how they fared. Look out for our next report in April 2022 to see how the work of LPTIC and the country’s operators has changed the Libyan mobile network experience.