By Libya Herald journalist.
Tunis, 4 March 2015:
The Libyan Post Telecommunications and Information Company (LPTIC) is taking part in the Mobile World . . .[restrict]Congress (GSMA) in Barcelona, Spain from 2-5 March.
The LPTIC is Libya’s state holding company controlling eight subsidiaries, including the Libyana and Madar mobile operating companies. The holding company says that it employs more than 16,000 employees that provide services for more than 12 million mobile, landline and internet customers.
The communications sector in Libya faces many challenges post the 2011 revolution’s political and security instability, as it has struggled to provide improved services and meet the increased demand for more and better products and services.
The lack of political stability and lack of security has affected the conduct of periodic maintenance as well as the implementation of new contracted projects, the LPTIC reports.
The LPTIC’s chairman Faisel Gergab said that ‘’the participation of the LPTIC in this important event was based on an initiative of the GSMA as a result of the importance of the Libyan market in North Africa’’.
Gergab added that ‘’the event will help the return of international companies to Libya to complete the implementation of strategic projects that will help raise the capacity of communications and internet in Libya. I am proud of the collaboration of all the staff who have worked together and operated the sector under very difficult conditions’’.
With regards to international partners and projects in Libya, Gergab said that the LPTIC is ‘’ committed to all signed contracts with international partners. There is quite a lot of work that still needs to be done in Libya and there is a need for knowledge transfer’’.
The GSMA attracts the world’s leading mobile operators with nearly 800 operators and more than 250 companies including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies as well as companies and organizations in related industries and sectors.
It will be recalled that in the current political tug-of-war in Libya, the GNC-Libya Dawn faction has been attempting to replace current chairman Gergab with a chairman who is politically aligned with the Tripoli administration. [/restrict]