Telecoms & IT

Chinese telecoms firm ZTE says it recently held a workshop with Libyan mobile operator Al Madar, and is competing with other foreign firms for contracts to upgrade Libya's telecoms infrastructure.
Libya's state telephone company says it has repaired a cable in the city of Tarhuna, restoring services a day after they were cut.
Landline telephone services have been cut in Tarhuna due to damage incurred by local residents, says state telecoms company.
The National Oil Corporation (NOC) says it has signed a software licensing and support agreement with Microsoft.
A cooperation agreement covering postal, telecoms and IT services is expected to be signed between the two countries after a visit to Tunis by Libya's Minister of Communications and Informatics.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN body, estimates that the number of fixed-line telephone subscribers dropped by 19% and mobile subscriptions by 9% in 2011.
The Ministry of Communications and Informatics says it plans to issue new temporary licenses to private-sector companies seeking to provide certain telecoms and IT services in Libya.
The Ministry of Communications and Informatics (MCIT) says work is set to begin on a new underwater fibre optic cable, called Silphium, which will connect Libya to Greece.
The chief executive of Qatar Telecom, or Qtel, said this week that the company was looking at telecoms acquisition opportunities in Libya as part of its growth plans.
Libya's state-owned LAP Green has regained control of a majority stake in Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL) that had been seized by the Ugandan government at the start of last year's conflict.
Libya's Ministry of Communication and Informatics says it will establish branches in the cities of Benghazi and Sebha as part of an effort to decentralise its administrative structure.
LAP Green, the Africa-focussed telecoms investment arm of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has lost an appeal to reclaim its 75% ownership of Zambian fixed-line operator Zamtel.
Japanese IT company NEC has signed a contract with the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to provide communications systems and consulting for oil and gas projects, Al Fajar Al Jadeed has reported.
The Libyan Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology Holding Company (LPTIC) is in the trial phase for a service called Mobile Payment Solutions (MPS), according to Cards International, an industry news site. 
The General Telecommunications Authority has announced a reduction in tariffs on local and international line leases starting at the end of March, Al Jamahiriya reported.