General Posts and Telecommunications Company
General Posts and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) is the state-owned organisation responsible for overseeing all postal and telecommunication services in Libya. This includes fixed telephony, satellite communications, mobile telephony (in partnership with Al Madar and Libyana Mobile Phone) and other Libyan internet service providers.
The company was established in 1984 with 70 telecom offices and 340 postal offices and 8 postal distributions centers, with the main post office is located in Tripoli. Libya has been a UPU member since 1952.
The company is the main internet provider in Libya, and it cut internet connections between Libya and the rest of the world very shortly after the beginning of the protests against the Gaddafi regime that would result in the Libyan Civil War currently in progress. Internet was restored 21 August 2011.
In 2013, a 'Official' Court order was called in to bar users from browsing pornographic material. While the rule applies on censoring pornographic sites, it has been found that Internet filters have blocked other websites, including some that may have been omitted due to political nature. There have been protests regarding the censorship, however these protests appear to have been ignored. Due to lacking security and recent activist and Journalist assassinations and kidnappings, people have found it to be unsafe to recite their rights of freedom of speech. The main internet service provider 'Libya Telecom technology' has released a statement regarding the new filter system on their Facebook page, this page can be found via google search keyword 'LTT Filter'. This new Filter system implemented in 2013, also filters proxy sites from being visited, adding to the controversial move by the telecommunications companies in Libya.
While the GPTC company has been around since 1980's, most of Libya's cable infrastructure, wiring, telephone service and postal service are severely lacking in standard and quality. Residential areas in Central Tripoli are plagued by disorganized wiring and cable placing, making it a nightmare as well as an utter eyesore for the residents. Conditions have not improved since. - Postal service is also severely lacking, with mail primarily having to go through Ex Gadaffi era government check, until finally landing in one of the main publicly accessible government control postal offices.
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- See Cyber Dawn document analysing Libyan communications and early response to civil war at
- Ham, Anthony (2002). Libya. London: Lonely Planet. p. 101. ISBN 0-86442-699-2.
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- The Guardian, 19 February 2011