Copper wires vandalism costs TTCL 19.8m/-

17Oct 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Copper wires vandalism costs TTCL 19.8m/-

VANDALISM in Mwanza Region has caused the Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd (TTCL) losses of 19.8m/- between January 2017 and July this year.

TTCL regional manager, Jalili Senkopwa revealed this yesterday here when speaking at the regional board meeting.

According to Senkopwa, vandalism has brought inconveniences to a number of customers, whereby in some areas thieves had stolen 2780 length cooper wires, the situation that has negatively affected delivery of landline telecommunication services in the area.

Senkopwa cited theft and human being activities as among the factors causing loses where he appealed to the public to protect the infrastructures as well as stop practicing human being activities like brick making or digging of pit latrines near the communication infrastructures.

“The multipartite has resulted into tarnishing the image of the company to customers who went through unnecessary inconveniences by missing communications  as well as loss of revenue to the facility,” he stated.

He mentioned the areas which have been affected by the vandalism as Bwiru, airport, Kitangiri, Lumala, Mirongo, Nyakabungo, Iloganzala/Ilemela, Kirumba, Nyakato, Mkuyuni and Nyegezi.


The official added that TTCL was also putting in place efforts to protect National Information Communication Technology Back-Borne (NICTBB) in the region so that it can not be destroyed as a result of human activities.


“Strategies taken include educating people in villages where the NICTBB passes, involving stakeholders from different government institutions, putting marker stones and warning tapes in the area of the network as well as sensitising the community to help guard the network among themselves,” he added.

He also called on the road contractors through Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA) as well as Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) to inform TTCL in writing when planning to implement a project so that measures are taken to avoid destruction of the NICTBB networks.



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