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Satellite underpins Libyan redevelopment
by Staff Writers
London, UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2013


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Satellite provided broadband will play a pivotal role in the re-emergence of Libya. The latest generation of Ka-band technology brings fast, reliable connectivity anywhere across the country.

A lack of infrastructure investment, caused by recent political instability, has severely hampered the economic development of Libya. As a result, it is estimated that only 5.5 per cent of the Libyan people have internet access, which is one of the lowest rates in the Middle East and North Africa. Additionally, Libyan Internet speed ranks as the slowest in the region.

Satellite provider Sana is well established in the region and is providing services to a number of businesses and government organisations which are helping rebuild the country.

Dr Aimen Sabkha, from Sana, which uses Avanti Communication's HYLAS 2 satellite, said: "Satellite services are the only viable option for a country of more than 2.5 million square kilometres, particularly in the more remote regions where many oil and gas companies operate for example.

"It is the only viable form of high speed communications which is available everywhere right now as Libya lacks digital infrastructure in many places.

"Thanks to the flexibility of Avanti's Ka-band technology, we can optimise our services to create high speed resilient and secure networks for large enterprises and domestic consumers.

"This is incredibly important. There are many thousands of small communities in large remote areas where fibre connectivity is just not viable.

"By using satellite, consumers can get connected and businesses can operate effectively which supports the economic growth of the country."

Sana expects demand to continue to rise in the region. As well as strong interest from sectors such as oil and gas and the Government, there is also demand for applications in television and radio transmission, internet cafes and shipping.

As fibre infrastructure improves, Sana also sees enormous opportunity to provide backhaul support services in the future.

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