At least 912 Telecom Namibia customers were left without telecommunication services this week, 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 - affected around 912 Telecom Namibia business and residential customers.
By Thursday afternoon, technicians were still working to restore the connections after a gang of cable thieves cut and removed several main cables early this week 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 running adjacent to Monte Christo Road by cutting the locking mechanism with a hacksaw.
A similar attempt was 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 were the 48 core linking Northern Industrial and Wanaheda and the 48 core linking Northern Industrial and Katutura.
Telecom Namibia said in a statement that theft of its copper cables is a serious problem, affecting business operations. The problem of theft can be curbed only if opportunistic and equally criminal metal and scrap dealers did not buy the stolen goods.
“We appeal to Namibians in this area and other parts of the country to be on high alert and to report any suspicious activity to the nearest police station,” the company said.
“As an incentive, Telecom Namibia rewards people who provide information that leads to a successful conviction and/or recovery of stolen Telecom Namibia assets.”