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Despite the burgeoning growth in revenues, Ethio Telecom has been grappling with serious setbacks from telecom infrastructure tampering and thefts. In the first half of the current FY, 547 incidents of damages and thefts have been recorded mostly perpetuated by individuals, causing the telecom provider to face extra costs of 100 million birr.
The increasing trends have alarmed the operator, leading it to stage numerous campaigns across the country, fearing for the fiber cables that stretch 22,000 kilometers which are considered to be the most vulnerable telecom lines. According to the CEO, previously, the perpetuators were focusing on coppers cables that have some market value. But the growing incidents, now directed towards damaging the fiber cables in some respects, mirror political sabotages.
The company hires some 18,000 guards to protect telecom lines. Despite all the efforts, the thefts and damages inflicted have become so alarming that the CEO aired frustrations against the justice system and security apparatus. But essentially, Frehiwot directed her frustrations towards the public and said: “From
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