Libya signs $38.5 million mobile phone network deal
Libyana, a Libyan state-run mobile phone operator, has signed a $38.5 million mobile phone network deal with China's number two telecoms equipment maker ZTE Corp. , a senior manager at Libyana has disclosed. "The deal will help Libyana expand its network, with a high quality service," Mohamed Ben Ayad told Reuters.
Libyana is Libya's second-largest mobile phone operator which competes against Madar, another state-owned operator.
Libyana's subscribers have hit 186,000 since it launched its operation last May.
It seeks to expand the number of subscribers to more than 2.4 million in Tripoli and 45 other cities and towns in the near future, the manager was quoted as saying by the international news agency. Libyana said it aims to expand its coverage to 12000 square kilometres to cover Azzawia in the west to Alkhomis in the east.
Under the terms of this contract, ZTE will provide Libyana with technical support for three years.