New entrant loses out to cable theft

5 Feb 2013

Vietnamese military-backed operator Viettel Peru has incurred losses of PEN1.5 million (USD572,451) from the theft of fibre-optic cables between July 2012 and January 2013 RPP Noticias reports. The newcomer to the Peruvian market claimed to have had more than 522km of cable stolen across 13 departments. A spokesperson for the provider said that thieves had targeted spools awaiting installation as well as cabling that had been deployed, adding that the equipment was being sold on to local and regional internet service providers (ISPs) and cable TV operators. The spokesperson went on to note that the case was the first instance of cable theft that the group had encountered, with its Mozambique arm the only other unit to report vandalism to infrastructure via theft.

Peru, Bitel (Viettel Peru)