By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 6 March 2016:
The damage to an international fibre-optic cable that has caused widespread disruption to internet services in the . . .[restrict]west of Libya will be fixed by tomorrow says LTT.
A company spokesman told this newspaper that a section of the cable off the coast had been severed by mistake on Friday. He denied that there was any suspicion of sabotage. The damage had occurred during a routine maintenance operation, he said.
LTT took to its website to apologise to customers for the service disruption and said it was confident the problem would by fixed by Monday.
In the last five years, there has been a series of interruptions to internet services, with damage to cables to Crete and Egypt. In 2013 an arson attack on a key junction box in Tripoli knocked out the fibre optic link to Italy.
While the country may enjoy cheap WiMax broadband, users are also enduring a deteriorating service which, even before 2014, was not outstanding.
LTT was working with French, Korean, Chinese and Finnish suppliers to upgrade its clunky infrastructure. These contracts have all been put on hold for security reasons as well as LTT’s lack of funds. [/restrict]