Cable thefts affect services
Theft of fibre optic and copper cables in the Windhoek area has resulted in the disruption of Telecom Namibia services since the beginning of the year. During the early hours of 6 January, 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. Residential and business customers in Ombili as well as the northern part of Wanaheda are currently affected.
On 12 January, thieves again 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. Customers in the suburbs of Golgota, Dolam and part of Soweto have also been affected. 14 January, optic 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 overhead copper cable was cut and stolen near Plot 32 in the Brakwater area on the same day, affecting customers in that area. Most of the thefts involved breaking into Telecom Namibia’s underground infrastructure access to cut and remove cables feeding street distribution cabinets in the respective areas. Telecom Namibia says they reported these incidents to the Police and investigations were launched and they have since started with the restoration of the affected services and have deployed several teams to expedite the repair process. The services will be progressively restored until next week. Telecom Namibia apologised for the inconvenience caused by this outage. The services that cable thefts disrupts are a vital component to the running of businesses and an integral part of everyday living.
Telecom Namibia appeals to customers in these affected areas to be on high alert and to report any suspicious activity to the city police, the nearest Namibia Police Station or the Telecom Namibia Hotline at 0800 301630 or 061 301630, anonymously.
Telecom is offering cash rewards of up to N$20,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for any of these thefts.