Telkom’s R863 mln copper loss

2008-03-04 00:00

Telkom lost about R863 million between April 1, 2007 and January 31, 2008 due to an alarming surge in copper cable theft that resulted in service interruptions.

Warning about the impact of cable theft, Motlatsi Nzeku, Telkom chief of operations, said the increase in copper cable theft is creating an environment of a rapidly-deteriorating service quality and is affecting the delivery of sustainable ICT services to customers.

“In many high-theft areas, cable is repeatedly stolen, sometimes within days after replacements or repairs.”

He said that Telkom has hit back by alarming critical cable routes and employing armed security firms and deploying various wireless technologies that are alternatives to copper.

He said they have buried aerial cable routes underground where feasible and are implementing a national campaign to raise awareness of the company’s toll-free crime line 0800 124 000.

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