Cable theft affects 912 Telecom customers


At least 912 Telecom Namibia customers were left without telecommunication services last night, following another cable theft in the John Pandeni (Soweto) and Katutura East constituencies.


The service breakdown - between Kallie Roodt street in the Northern Industrial Area, Rensburger street in the Lafrenz Industrial Area and Penning street in Soweto - affects around 912 Telecom Namibia business and residential customers.


Technicians are working around the clock to restore services after a gang of cable thieves cut and removed several main cables yesterday evening, damaging two 800 pair cables, a 1600 pair cable and another 1200 pair cable in the process.


Initial investigation revealed that the cable thieves forcibly opened a manhole on the western cable run adjacent to Monte Christo Road, by cutting the locking mechanism with a hacksaw.


Similar attempts were also observed at an adjacent manhole, although no access was gained.


Copper and optic fibre cables were then cut in the manhole and pieces of copper cable stolen. The optic fibre cables affected are the 48 core linking Northern Industrial and Wanaheda and the 48 core linking Northern Industrial and Katutura.


The splicing of first 48 core cable has started. A contractor has been assigned to haul in approximately 200 meter of optic fibre cable, after which splicing will start and continued until finished.