Guyanese fixed line incumbent the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) has reported that damage to its infrastructure through acts of vandalism is escalating and has appealed to residents to be vigilant, as service blackouts caused by the attacks are becoming more frequent. In one incident last week 63m of 200-pair cable, 310m of 100-pair cable and 111m of 50-pair cable were stolen. In a separate attack, 100m of 200-pair cables and 63m of 100-pair cables was also taken. GT&T believes that the stolen copper lines are being sold as scrap metal, and the telco’s head of security Edgar Blackman has called on the government to review legislation covering the scrap metal trade ‘so that persons will be deterred from stealing the cables.’ Blackman went on to say that as a result of the damages, GT&T was suffering millions of dollars in losses.
Telecoms regulator the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently weighed-in on the matter, adding its own appeal for people to report suspicious activity to the authorities. The PUC added: ‘These acts of vandalism that are seemingly becoming prevalent result in disruption of vital services to consumers…Reports suggest that these acts of vandalism may be an almost daily occurrence.’