Libya's state-owned operator Hatif Libya has signed an agreement to improve its fibre-optic network with US-based company Infinera. Hatif Libya is a subsidiary of the Libyan Telecommunication Holding Company (LPTIC).
The agreement was signed during a ceremony attended by Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamed Dbeibah, the minister of telecommunications of Libya, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya, the statement said.
According to a press release, the multi-million USD project will provide access to the internet and mobile services in areas not reached previously by the network and improve the quality and reliability of services for all customers.
"The project leverages universal switching and transport capabilities, enabling the national network to dynamically switch traffic over diverse paths to ensure the continuation of services in the case of interruptions caused by physical damage to cables or power outages. To do this, Infinera will deploy Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON) technology," said the release.
The need for secure digital transport capacities has increased with the rapid development of the telecommunications sector in Libya and the growing demand for mobile phone services, internet, and digital transformation, it said.
Once completed, the LPTIC said the network will deliver capacities and cyber protection for 60 sites throughout the Libyan territory using advanced optical equipment and technologies to reach an operational capacity of 600 GB on the coastal strip and 200 GB in the southern region, which can be expanded and developed to reach 9 terabytes.