Internet switched back on in Tripoli

One of the upshots of the rebel take-over of Tripoli is that the world wide wibble has been switched back on in the former Roman province.

IT experts are frantically trying to integrate the rebel mobile networks with the network in Tripoli to speed up the take over of the capital city.

Ousama Abushagur, a Libyan telecommunications engineer in the U.A.E told Tech World  that a new mobile network set up by the rebels in the east of Libya in April, dubbed Libyana Al Hurra, and a similar network in Misrata, will soon also be linked to the Libyana Mobile Phone network in Tripoli.

The rebel networks were established after the rebels were censored by the centralised Libyana network in Tripoli. This required all international calls to be routed through an international gateway in Tripoli.

Twitters are starting to flood in from Tripoli after months of no connection. Local DSL access had been limited to government officials.

This had forced an informal internet connection to be developed to inform rebel fighters of the precise locations of troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. These are still being used and apparently are secret.

The website of Libyan Telecom and Technology, which controls the country’s national connection to the internet, went offline on Sunday, but reappeared yesterday carrying a message talking about the end of Gaddafi.