Faisel Gergab, Chairman of Libyan Telecoms holding company LPTIC, speaks during an interview with Reuters at the company office in Tripoli, Libya March 22, 2018. Picture taken March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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Libya's telecoms utility has been reunified after years divided by conflict and is starting work on projects worth $1.7 billion to improve connections across a country hit by power outages and infrastructure damage, its chairman said. LPTIC, which owns Libyan mobile operators Libyana and Almadar as well as six other communications, real estate and postal subsidiaries, suspended restructuring and investment plans in 2014 when fighting in Tripoli led to rival governments being set up in the capital and the east.These include a six-year "last mile" project to ensure high-speed connections to commercial and residential areas through Libya's 15,000-kilometer fiber optic network, and high-speed mobile wireless projects for Libyana and Almadar.The satellite project will take about 18 months to complete, Gergab said and LPTIC companies have brought in new equipment including batteries and generators to deal with power cuts expected this summer.
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