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Copper cable theft affecting LIME's expansion efforts

Published:Monday | February 9, 2015 | 2:31 AM
Christopher Bryan, head of security at LIME, assesses damage after more than 400 metres of copper cable wire was cut from sections of Hellshire, St Catherine. - File photo

Telecommunications company, LIME, is warning that increasing incidents of copper cable theft could reverse efforts to expand Internet services in rural Jamaica.



According to LIME’s corporate communications manager, Elon Parkinson, over an 11-year-period ending January this year, the company incurred more than $400 million in cable theft.



He says the stealing of copper cables has increased in southern and central Jamaica.



Parkinson says just last week, cables serving LIME customers in Mizpah, Manchester, were stolen.



Meanwhile, LIME’s communication’s manager says the company is looking forward to the drafting and enactment of legislation to fight the crime.



According to Parkinson, Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell, in a radio interview in January, said he would be willing to develop legislation to provide stiffer penalties for the theft and vandalism of telephone cables.



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