Vandalism wreck TN mobile

 

Telecom Namibia (TN) have raised concern over various incidents of cable theft and vandalism acts that have been orchestrated around the country and  likely to cost the company’s millions in repair costs.
TN Senior Manager Corporate Communication and Public Relations Oiva Angula speaking to The Villager noted that,” The damage on our infrastructure is malicious, mean and cruel and we can assure you that the repair cost is substantial. We are not able to tell the exact cost at this stage but it runs into millions.  The criminal activities do affect service delivery hence our technicians are hard at work to restore services affected areas.”
He added that all incidents of theft are criminal
and punishable offences in a court of law, thus TN is not taking any of those incidents lightly and intend to use all resources to catch the culprits.
“Our law enforcement agents understand and appreciate the severity and far reaching implications these criminals offences on our infrastructure have, not only on telecom Namibia, but our country, thus our efforts to offer financial incentives to anybody who can assist the police with information that can lead to the arrest and sentencing of the unscrupulous elements in our country.”
 TN has resulted to offering N$20 000 to whoever would offer information on copper cable thieves and vandalism around the country.
TN, however notes some of the damages done are found to be unintentional due to lack of some of knowledge about the existence of the underground cables during excavation and other civil works, most f it caused by unscrupulous individuals for commercial gains or purely sabotage.
In a statement released last week, TN indicated that over 20 incidents of criminals targeting TN’s underground and aerial cables were recorded this year namely in Windhoek, Omaruru, Usakos, karibib, Oshakati, Otjiwarongo and Keetmanshoop.
They further noted that Windhoek was the most affected by those criminal activities in areas such as Hakahana, Ombili, Okuryangava, Grysblock and Wanaheda. Some of the cited incidents include a break out in at TN Mobile tower in the Omaheke Region and removed earth wires from both the TN Mobile tower. Another example was of a fibre optic cable which was cut and a piece removed from a manhole between NamWater and Osana Military base.
On a good side, Angula told the Villager that since the launch of the TN mobile brand last year August, it has made great stride in the Namibian market through various initiatives.
“Our law enforcement agents understand and appreciate the severity and far reaching implications these criminals offences on our infrastructure have, not only on telecom Namibia, but our country, thus our efforts to offer financial incentives to anybody who can assist the police with information that can lead to the arrest and sentencing of the unscrupulous elements in our country.”
“Those initiatives include corporate social investment initiatives and excellent product offerings. As an emerging player in the market, TN mobile has rapidly expanded its footprint throughout Namibia to provide connectivity to, and improve the lifestyle of Namibians. We have a clear strategy of connecting more and more Namibians to the TN mobile through attractive and affordable offerings network,” he noted.
He further said that the strength of the TN mobile brand lies in its quality network, which can deliver broadband internet services based on the long Term evolution (LTE) 4 G generation technology as well as 2G and 3G services.   Some of the challenges that TN is encountering in the expansion of the brand is the highly competitive industry they operate in.
“The other challenge is the vastness of Namibia and services to all corners of the country. As a young brand, TN mobile has to do a lot of customer engagement to win their hearts and minds. All these need time, efforts and money.”