Thuraya Telecom services jammed in Libya

Company will be seeking legal recourse, many services restored by Friday

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Thuraya Telecom services jammed in Libya Thuraya data and voice services have been jammed in Libya over the last week.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 27, 2011

Thuraya Telecommunications has announced that over the past seven days its mobile satellite communication services have been harmfully and intentionally interfered with in Libya. This interference has affected both its data and voice communications over Libya and several surrounding areas.

The company said in a statement that it has conclusive evidence that shows that the interference comes as a result of "unlawful and intentional jamming activities".

Thuraya said in the statement that the reason for the jamming activities is likely to be success of the company's products and services in Libya.

Thuraya will be taking legal action against the jamming activities and its technical teams have been working round-the-clock to lessen the impact of the blocks.

On Friday, most voice services were restored in much of the country and the Thuraya-2 network was operational in most of the coverage area. The most affected spot beams were those covering Libya.

Thuraya provides mobile satellite services in over 140 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

3027 days ago
Khawar Nehal Edited by

Any ideas on how the spot beams can be interferred with. My guess is that the effect would be highly localized and not able to affect a whole country from the ground because of the high frequency range involved. Please inform who such interference could have been caused and who would be interested in doing this. Khawar

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