TN records over 20 incidents of criminals targeting underground and aerial cables

WINDHOEK: Telecom Namibia (TN) has recorded over 20 incidents of criminals targeting underground and aerial cables this year in Windhoek, Omaruru, Usakos, Karibib, Oshakati, Otjiwarongo and Keetmanshoop.

The telecommunications service provider said in a media statement issued today it is concerned about the growing incidents of cable theft from and vandalism of network infrastructure all over the country.

Telecom’s Senior Manager for Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula was quoted in the statement as saying Windhoek was most affected by the criminal activity, with residential areas such as Hakahana, Ombili, Okuryangava, Grysblok and Wanaheda affected.

In June this year, several incidences were recorded where copper cables were cut in the areas of Wanaheda, Rocky Crest, Brakwater and Havana. Thieves are said to have opened manholes at different points, and they would cut and steal the cables.

Angula said criminals are causing massive damage to TN networks through copper theft and sheer vandalism, resulting in downtime for customers and costing the company millions.

The theft and vandalism also results in repair costs, loss of revenue, security costs, an increase in customer complaints, and network quality concerns for Telecom Namibia.

SOURCE: NAMPA