Telecoms & IT

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.
The National Commission for Voluntary Youth Work began distributing its first batch of laptops under a plan to give 150,000 laptops to young people, Al Jamahiriya reported.
Green Network Sierra Leone, a subsidiary of Libyan telecommunications firm LAP Green Network, will begin its commercial operations for the public in April, Sierra Leonean news site Awoko reported.
The Libya Telecom & Technology Company (LTT) has announced that will launch a new service, called LibyaPhone Mobile, on 31 January.
France-based cable supplier Nexans has been awarded a contract for 440km of fibre optic cable to be used in the Libya Silphium submarine cable, according to a press release from the company.
China’s Huawei Marine and the Libyan International Telecom Company (LITC, a subsidiary of the Libyan Post,  Telecommunications and Information Technology Company) have signed an agreement for Huawei to lay a 420km submarine fibre-optic cable.
Abu Dhabi-based mobile satellite telecommunications operator Thuraya has signed a commercial agreement to begin offering post-paid services in Libya, according to a company press release on 8 November.
Pano Logic Middle East, the regional arm of the US-based cloud computing vendor Pano Logic, has signed a partnership deal with Libyan firm Altaqnya for Data and Communication to distribute Pano Logic’s products to local resellers.
Hewlett Packard (HP) is finalising legal arrangements for its first Libyan office, the general manager for HP Africa’s imaging and printing group, Amr Hassan, told the Tripoli Post.
Africa-focused Libyan investment company, LAP Green Networks, has purchased a $90m majority state in Chad’s Sotel (Société des Télécommunications du Tchad), a state-owned telecoms firm.
The two Libyan mobile providers, Libyana and Al Madar, are set to list 30% stakes on the Libyan Stock Market (LSM) in early 2011, Reuters has reported.