Telecommunication in Libya

Compared to the European Union, Libya is massively lagging behind in the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +218, there were a total of 7.60 million connections in 2019. Among them were 6.02 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 0.91 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Libya is back. Around 22% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 5% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 17,926 webhosts, Libya is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.

Spread of internet connections in Libya 1990 - 2017

Broadband internet in Libya 2008 - 2017

Landlines in the years 1990 - 2017

Mobile phones in Libya 1990 - 2017