Copaco says cable theft costing USD1m

8 Feb 2007

Paraguay’s monopoly fixed line operator Copaco says it is losing USD1 million a year through the theft of copper telephone wire and fibre-optic cables. The firm says the worst affected areas are the cities of Hernadarias, Ciudad del Este and Minga Guazú. BNamericas, citing local newspaper La Nación, quotes Héctor Martínez, the head of Copaco’s technical department, who says that the thefts are mainly due to organised gangs. The telco has around 360,000 wireline customers and plans to deploy another 135,000 lines this year.

Paraguay, Copaco