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Vandals burn LIME cables, Spanish Town/Portmore customers affected

Published:Friday | March 14, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Several customers of telecommunications company, LIME, in sections of Portmore and Spanish Town in St Catherine, remain without service after vandals burnt cables serving mobile sites in the parish.

LIME’s corporate communications manager, Elon Parkinson, says minutes after four this morning, the company’s surveillance teams observed that several of the sites were not active.

It was later discovered that vandals used a tire and other debris to set fire to a manhole housing fibre optic cables in the vicinity of the Ferry Police station.

Parkinson says some of the company's major customers, National Commercial Bank and the Inland Revenue Department are without service.

He says it was too early to determine the cost to effect the repairs but notes that fibre optic cables are generally very expensive.

Fibre optics is a technology that uses glass or plastic threads – fibers to transmit data.

The cable consists of a bundle of glass threads, each of which is capable of transmitting data in light waves.


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