The Libyan Coaxial Cable Project

I was seconded to The British Post Office Consulting Office (BPOCO), later to become Telconsult, in August 1980 to work on the Libyan Coaxial Cable Project. I started my new job working at the BPOCO office at 55 Old Broad Street, London on project documentation and becoming familiar with the project. After 2 months in London, I flew out to Libya where I spent the next 18 months supervising the installation and testing of a wide range of FDM transmission equipment. I was based in Tripoli and most of my work was involved with the installation of equipment in Tripoli Repeater Station.

This turnkey project was awarded to a consortium of Italian companies consisting of Sirti, Pirelli and Tellettra. Sirti carried out the civil works and the installation of both underground cables and equipment, Pirelli provided the cables and Telletra provided the transmission equipment.

BPOCO's role in the project was to plan the installation of more than 7,500 km of coaxial cable, prepare specifications and tenders, provide technical evaluation of the tenders and the on-site supervision of the whole contract. This project was a major modernisation of Libya's telecommunications network and involved:

The trenching , laying and jointing of more than 7,500 km of 2.6/9.5 mm and 1.2/4.4 mm coaxial cables

The provision of 14,000 km of 12 MHz line systems for telephone, telegraph and 625-line colour TV

The provision of 2,400 km of 4 MHz line syatems for telephone and telegraph

The provision of 3,900 underground repeater housings for the 12 MHz and 4 MHz line systems

The provision of pressurisation equipment for all the coaxial cables

The provision of multiplex equipment for telephone, telegraph and 625-line colour TV

The provision of 55,000 FDM multiplex channels

The provision of 100 buldings of types A and B

The provision of power equipment at all sites

The provision of training for the customer's personnel

Further information to be added.

Andrew Nunn

Page last updated 2nd January 2015.