Communications in Libya

Communications in Libya

Libyan Communications

Telephones - main lines in use: 852,300 (2005)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 4.5 million (2007)

Telephone system: general assessment: telecommunications system is state-owned and service is poor, but investment is being made to upgrade; state retains monopoly in fixed-line services; mobile cellular telephone system became operational in 1996; multiple providers for a mobile telephone system that is growing rapidly; combined fixed line and mobile telephone density approached 90 telephones per 100 persons in 2007 domestic: microwave radio relay, coaxial cable, cellular, tropospheric scatter, and a domestic satellite system with 14 earth stations international: country code - 218; satellite earth stations - 4 Intelsat, NA Arabsat, and NA Intersputnik; submarine cables to France and Italy; microwave radio relay to Tunisia and Egypt; tropospheric scatter to Greece; participant in Medarabtel (2007)

Radio broadcast stations: AM 16, FM 3, shortwave 3 (2001)

Television broadcast stations: 12 (plus 1 repeater) (1999)

Internet country code: .ly

Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

Internet users: 260,000 (2006)

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