Nº 2 2013 > Country focus

Libya seeks regulatory best practice

New telecommunication law in the making

Libya seeks regulatory best practice

The Libyan Ministry of Communications and Informatics has appointed a high-level committee of telecommunication experts and lawyers from the ministry as well as from outside to draft a new Telecommunication Act that will replace the existing legislation.

Following extensive study of various models of telecommunication law currently in force in different developed and developing countries, the committee has proposed a comprehensive new Telecommunication Act for Libya based on best practices.

There has been public consultation on the draft Telecommunication Act, and the final version is expected to be submitted to the National Congress for approval at the end of March 2013. So Libya is on the verge of adopting a new regulatory regime for telecommunications following the revolution in 2011.

The aims of the new law are:

  • to create an independent telecommunication regulatory authority, with clear and transparent terms of reference that set out the authority’s functions and powers;
  • to promote and protect competition in the telecommunication market;
  • to ensure delivery of the highest quality of services at competitive prices to end users across the country;
  • to encourage Libya’s private sector to participate in building and improving telecommunication services in the country.

In parallel, a Libyan national frequency plan (LNFP) covering the frequency range from 8.3 kHz to 275 GHz is being developed by an international high-level team of experts in close cooperation with Libyan experts from the Ministry of Communications and Informatics. The LNFP is expected to be delivered by mid-May 2013.

The ministry envisages a public consultation on the LNFP, a process used extensively in democratic countries. The purpose of the consultation is to seek the views of all interested parties on the spectrum implications of the LNFP. More specifically, the ministry is looking to receive comments on all matters related to spectrum use, existing and future spectrum requirements, proposed spectrum management policy and strategies, technologies that might coexist with licensed use, and spectrum allocation policy.