Telecom Namibia offers bounty for shopping copper robbers

16 Jan 2006

Telecom Namibia is offering cash rewards for citizens who report thefts of copper telephone cables, such is the scale of the problem in the country, reports allAfrica.com. According to Telecom, the size of the reward could amount to thousands of dollars, depending on the amount of cabling stolen. The company said that the theft of copper wire is a constant problem, and the resulting financial losses and service disruptions, ‘have become intolerable, both to the service provider and the customer.’ Although Telecom is trying to introduce better security measures, it admitted that it was impossible to guarantee security in most areas, and it was not always feasible to replace copper with fibre-optic or wireless links.