Libya Telecom & Technology
Ahmed A. Al-Mosbahi (2004-2011)Saad Ksheer (March 2012-present)
|Parent||GPTC of Libya (public)|
Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT) (Arabic: ليبيا للاتصالات والتقنية) was established in 1997 as a private company by Ahmed A. Al-Mosbahi. LTT remains a state owned monopoly which continues to dominate the Libyan ISP sector. LTT is Libya's most-used service provider, and much of the country's 5.6% (380,000 user) Internet penetration is attributable to its DSL and WiMAX services. Ahmed A. Al-Mosbahi was the Chairman of LTT and all telecom companies in Libya.
After the Libyan Civil War and the subsequent collapse of the Gaddafi regime, LTT is trying to revamp its network and services. However, due to internal conflict and rising strain on services, many popular provisions have been plagued by network congestion and poor reception.
If a consumer poll were to be released on how well LTT supplies its networking service, it would ( speculatively[original research?] ) receive one of the worlds lowest internet providers ranking with much needed room for improvement. LTT has informed its consumers that the slow speeds are due to poor reception, however this does not appear to be the case, as it seems that speeds are either capped or the network is simply not working to its full potential as advertised and sold.
Libya is in dire need of up to standard 'Internationally accepted' Internet networking service speeds ( 2015 ), all of which are yet to be supplied by companies interested in investing in the young and extremely potential market with little competition in Libya.
Internet Censorship and Filtering
As of September 2013, Libya Telecom and Technology has implemented a Filter system designed to omit pornographic media from viewing to the public. The move to omit pornographic material was reportedly started by the Local Islamic Judicial Court of Tripoli archived under article 421 of criminal Penalties. This move comes with the 2013 implementation of Islamic sharia law post 17 February revolution. While it is true that pornographic material is being omitted by LTT's local filtering system, it has been found that non pornographic media has also been affected raising controversy on the move due to Libya's politically unstable environment .
LTT has recently 'seemingly' implemented forced restriction on YouTube videos, blocking viewers from seeing videos flagged by the community as inappropriate. LTT is also blocking users from accessing any major proxy sites. While under the guise to protect users from 'inappropriate' content, it appears political websites and anything deemed unfavorable to whomever's agenda is at LTT are also being blocked. These blocks are more questionable and controversial than they are useful and protective.
LTT's censorship filter affects any aspect regarding the reproductive system in humans, and or any words deemed "immoral", the recognition software does not discriminate between educative websites and adult websites, barring users from accessing information regarding reproduction, pregnancy, and medical - educative websites. Any input into a search engine with inappropriate words are instantly flagged by the system and access is denied.
Note: As of 2015 - 2016, LTT, still holding a monopoly on internet service provision in Libya, has achieved world status rating of 'Slowest internet in the world'. According to a new report from Akamai, the average internet connection speed in Libya is the slowest in the world at 0.5 Mpbs. This puts Libya behind Bangladesh, which has an average connection speed of 1.0 Mbit/s, and Bolivia, Cameroon, Botswana, and Yemen with speeds of 0.9 Mbit/s.
ADSL Services are deemed slower than the new LibyaMax services due to disorganized cable infrastructure requiring adequate maintenance and repair providing consumers slower than expected internet speeds. Cable infrastructure especially in the Tripoli Residential capital area ( Umar Mukhtar ) can be observed as being disorganized and damaged, with old copper wiring still serving the typical household and not providing the intended-advertised services. LTT Headquarters is based near the capital - 'Tareeq Ashut / Coastal road' where Residential areas are most dense, hence cable infrastructure is inevitably disorganized and poorly maintained bringing about poor service delivery to typical households in and out of the capital area.
Wimax service delivery is also ineffective due to large numbers of users connecting to major wireless hotspot antennas simultaneously. Although efforts were made by LTT to counter large numbers of connections in densely populated areas, service delivery still remains ineffective and slow (2017).
Internet access solutions
- Dial-up internet access
- Libya DSL (ADSL2+)
- LibyaMAX (WiMAX)
- LibyaPhone (MVNO Mobile)
- Libya FTTH (Fiber to the home)
- Satellite (DVB-RCS) Access
Data network connection solutions
- Data network via wireless
- Data network via VSAT
- Webhosting and e-mail services
- Network security services
- Technology and communications