Copper Theft Cost Telkom South Africa R200 Million in 2016
In 2016 Telkom revealed that copper theft cost it over R200 million in repair costs and security services.
Crime has a particularly big impact on telecommunications in South Africa and has forced companies like Telkom to change their strategy to compensate for high levels of criminal activity.
The high level of services interruptions caused by cable theft forced Telkom to roll out LTE networks in areas with repeated incidents. But not even mobile networks are safe from criminals, who cause tremendous damage to mobile base stations to steal batteries and copper cabling.
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