LITC Announces Completion of Giant Silphium Submarine Optical Fibre Cable Linking Libya with Greece – Al Marsad

Libyan International Telecommunication Company (LITC) announced completion of the Silphium submarine cable development project linking Libya with Greece.

According to the Libyan News Agency (LANA), the project is wholly owned by the Libyan state as part of the strategic plan of the holding company that paves the way for a comprehensive digital transformation of the country.

At 425 km, the undersea fiber-optic network is one of the longest unrepeatered submarine cable systems in the world. It connects Derna in Libya with Chania in Crete, Greece. Silphium connects traffic from Libya to many European Internet hubs via the landing point in Chania. It is the third undersea fiber-optic cable to serve the Libyan market.

The company stated on its website that “the capacity of the giant Silphium project in the field of communications linking Libya with Greece is 70 gigabytes, and by completing the project, the total capacity of the Internet will be increased to 370 gigabytes, and thus high internet capacities will be provided to the cities of the eastern region.”

As part of the project LITC opened its operating and control room, to support the operation and equipping of the Network Monitoring Center NOC/OSS, through 8 main systems for operations and maintenance.

Faisal Gergab, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Libyan Post Telecommunication and Information Technology Holding Company (LPTIC) stated: “The completion of this project is a great success for the telecommunications sector and the strengthening of Libya’s strategic role regionally, and a key supporter of the country’s digital transformation plan that the holding company seeks to achieve during the coming period.”

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)