By Anyway Yotamu
HARARE – Telecommunication giant TelOne recorded at least a total of a total of 196 incidents of live network vandalism in the last six months this year amounting to US$ 292 620 prejudiced in terms of potential revenue.
This was an 18 percent increase in vandalism
incidents and a 64 percent increase in monetary loss.
In turn, a total of 29 000 customers were affected by vandalism-induced downtime, a 74% surge customers affected in prior comparable period.
Country-wide, incidents of vandalism of the
TelOne telecommunications infrastructure have been on an increase with vandals mostly
targeting copper installations that currently
make up more than 60% of the network,” said
TelOne in a statement yesterday.
“This five-year-old problem has put the business is under threat, with at least US$1,5million having been recorded in lost revenue and network elements for the period ended 31 December 2021. The biggest loss to the Company from acts of vandalism has been the business lost due to voice and internet service disruptions also prejudicing the Company’s valued clients and negatively impacting the Company’s reputation”.
“Network Vandalism Snapshot: H1 2022
In the first six months of the year 2022, TelOne recorded a total of 196 incidents of live network vandalism representing an increase of 18% when compared to a similar period in 2021”, said TelOne.