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LTT to bring WiMAX service to Libya with Alcatel-Lucent deal

Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) WiMAX service due to launch in September for business and residential users

Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT) has announced that it will deploy commercial WiMAX services, following the signing of a deal with Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete WiMAX infrastructure to LTT, the national ISP of Libya, to enable the operator to bring a range of services to business and residential customers, initially in urban areas of the country.

The service is due for an initial commercial launch by September, and will include voice over IP and high-speed Internet access for fixed and mobile services, and to enhance the existing fixed broadband capabilities.

AbdulMajeed Husain, Planning and Projects department Manager of LTT said: "We want to provide our residential and business customers a wide range of beneficial, easy-to-use wireless broadband services. Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX solution will enable us to better serve customers in major urban centers such as Tripoli. Alcatel-Lucent's unique expertise and ability to set up a wireless broadband network quickly and economically will enable us to begin offering these new services to our customers in just a few months."

Alcatel-Lucent will roll out a complete WiMAX infrastructure for LTT, including the radio access network, microwave backhaul and IP routers. Around 120 sites will be included in the first phase of the project, with more planned for later stages.

Philippe de Jarnieu Chomel, Alcatel-Lucent's vice president for the Mediterranean, West & Central Africa commented: "In economies such as Libya, our WiMAX solution is a valuable tool for rapidly and cost-effectively increasing penetration of high-speed Internet access. In addition to being able to offer new revenue-generating services, LTT will benefit from additional operational efficiencies because this solution offers one of the most advanced technologies in terms of radio frequency management."