Flow network damaged ‘daily’

7 Apr 2014

Jamiacan broadband provider Flow has revealed that it is spending more than JMD50 million (USD451,875) per year to repair infrastructure that has been accidentally damaged or deliberately vandalised. The Jamaica Observer quotes the cableco’s VP of engineering, Carlton Baxter as saying that its plants were subjected to acts of vandalism ‘at least once per day.’ The official explained that hauliers frequently tore down Flow’s cables by loading their trucks too high, whilst elsewhere the cables are severed or elements of the network stolen by vandals and thieves. To tackle the situation, Flow is tightening security measures, increasing public awareness and has set up a contact number for the public to report any incidents they witness. However, Baxter also noted that the company is facing an uphill struggle: ‘When you look at us having over 20,000km of plant across the island, it is hard to police every inch of it every day.

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