How cable thieves and load-shedding ruin Internet and cost South Africa billions

Cable thieves, vandalism, and load-shedding are major disruptors of Internet connectivity in South Africa.
 
Openserve CEO Althon Beukes has said that copper line theft and damage cost the fibre network operator tens of millions over the past year.
“Copper line theft has a significant impact on connectivity, and it costs the telecommunications sectors millions of Rands every year,” Beukes said.
“Data gathered by Openserve shows that more than 800 areas across SA have been identified as hotspot areas for cable theft and vandalism, where thousands of copper DSL customers are heavily affected.”
 
“Copper line theft and damage has cost Openserve more than R60 million over the past year,” he said.
 
Criminals steal infrastructure such as copper cables and electrical equipment to make easy money and with each incident, thousands of homes are left without electricity for many hours or days.

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