Telecom Namibia services have been disrupted due to the theft of fibre optic and copper cables in the Windhoek area since early this month which has resulted in Telecom offering up to N$20 000 in cash rewards for the apprehension of the culprits.
Corporate Communications & Public Relations Senior Manager, Oiva Angula said “During the early hours of January 6, 2015, cable thieves cut and stole 1200 pair, 400 pair, 300 pair and 100 pair main cables in a manhole on the corner of Tugela and Claudius Kandovazu streets in Wanaheda”.
This affected residential and business customers in Ombili as well as the northern part of Wanaheda. Furthermore, On January 12, 2015 thieves cut and carried away 800 pair, 300 pair and 200 pair main cables in Claudius Kandovazu Street. A fibre optic cable was also cut and stolen during the same incident thus affecting customers in the suburbs of Golgota, Dolam and part of Soweto. “On 14 January 2015 an optic cable and copper cables were cut and stolen near the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
No services were affected as another link from Wanaheda to the Telecom Namibia equipment room in the Northern Industrial Area is up and running. An ooverhead copper cable was cut and stolen near Plot 32 in the Brakwater area on the same day, affecting customers in the area,” said Angula. Angula added that on most occasions thieves break into Telecom Namibia’s underground infrastructure access to cut and remove cables feeding street distribution cabinets in the respective areas and these incidences have been reported to the Police who have started investigations. “We have started with the restoration of the affected services and deployed several teams to expedite the repair process.
The services will be progressively restored until next week. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by this outage,” he added. Fibre optic and copper cable theft remains a major inhibitor to Telecom Namibia’s capability to maintain and improve service levels. “The severity of the cable theft crime lies in the fact that telecommunication services are so fundamental to businesses and residents on a day-to-day basis.
In other words, the services that cable theft disrupts are a vital component to the running of businesses and an integral part of everyday living,” said Angula. Telecom Namibia thus offers cash rewards of up to N$20,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for committing crimes of vandalism or theft on the Telecom Namibia network.