Cable theft disrupts service in Katutura

17 Jan 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JAN (NAMPA) – Some 912 business and residential clients of Telecom Namibia (TN) were affected by the disruption of telecommunication services on Tuesday when cables were stolen in Windhoek.
TN’s Head of Corporate Communication and Public Relations, Oiva Angula said in a media statement the theft of several main cables damaged 3 600 pair cables and caused a service breakdown in Kallie Roodt Street in the Northern Industrial Area and Rensburger Street in the Lafrenz Industrial Area.
He said investigations carried out by TN revealed that the thieves forcibly opened a manhole on the western cable which run adjacent to Monte Christo Road by cutting the locking mechanism with a hacksaw.
Copper and optic fibre cables were then cut in the manhole, and pieces of copper cable stolen, which affected the 48 core optic fibre cables linking the Northern Industrial Area and Wanaheda and the 48 core linking the Northern Industrial Area and Katutura.
“The linking of the first 48 core cables have started and a contractor has been assigned to rectify the problem,” Angula said.
He went on to say that a similar attempt was also observed at an adjacent manhole, although no access was gained.
Angula said the stealing of copper cables is a serious problem that is affecting business operations.
He therefore appealed to residents and workers in the affected areas and the rest of the country to be on high alert and report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station.