Copper cable thieves hit Telecom Namibia again

20 Aug 2017 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - Copper cable thieves have struck Windhoek's Pionierspark residential area for the third time in three months, leaving Telecom Namibia (TN) customers without telephone and internet connections.
TN Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula said in a media statement issued Saturday thick copper cables were plundered from the underground network along David Hosea Meroro Street Friday night.
A customer reported the disruption in services that same night and an investigation was launched.
Technicians are working on restoring connections and Telecom said it hopes to have everyone back online by Tuesday afternoon.
About 500 individual customers are affected.
TN copper cables were stolen for the first time in the area on 20 May 2017. Services were restored on 26 May 2017.
The second copper cable theft incident occurred on 01 June 2017 and services were restored on 05 June 2017.
“We appeal to customers in this area to be on high alert and to report any suspicious activity to the police,” said Angula.
TN has offered a reward for any report that could lead to a successful prosecution of any case of vandalism or theft of its network infrastructure.