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$300K Fines For Damage To Telecom Fibre Lines

The notice comes after a number of individuals and companies repeatedly damaged Telecom’s expensive fibre infrastructure while engaging in construction work along major highways and main roads.
22 Jun 2019 16:31
$300K Fines For Damage To Telecom Fibre Lines
Telecom Fiji has warned that anyone who damages its fibre lines will face severe penalties.

Individuals or entities who damage Telecom Fiji’s fibre lines will now face penalties of up to $300,000.

That is the warning from Fiji’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider.

The notice comes after a number of individuals and companies repeatedly damaged Telecom’s expensive fibre infrastructure while engaging in construction work along major highways and main roads.

“We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the rollout of fibre technology throughout Fiji so that Fijians can enjoy faster and better services. It is unfortunate that despite us stressing the need to dial 159 before they dig, damage to essential telecommunications infrastructure still continues,” said Telecom chief executive officer Charles Goundar.

Fibre lines are delicate and expensive technology so any damage is expensive to repair and requires high-precision splicing and testing machines, apart from highly-skilled technical staff.

Such damage also disrupts services to customers and in some instances, it also affects services such as aircraft surveillance, backhaul service for mobile operations, connectivity to the international cable landing station and other critical services.

Furthermore, once a fibre line is damaged, even with the best joining technique, it can never be restored to its original quality and will always experience signal losses at that point, meaning that the damage done is permanent.

Telecom has, to date, fined numerous perpetrators for multiple cases of damage to fibre lines.

“Since damage to a single point in any of our fibre line permanently affects the long-term life and quality of that line, we will now charge for an entire 5km section of fibre in order to minimise the number of joints, especially in our core transmission routes which handles high bandwidth capacity,” Mr Gounder said.

“This will ensure that the quality of the lines are restored to their original state.

“I would like to stress to anyone engaging in trenching works along highways to dial 159 and seek our assistance before you dig. Our line is toll-free and works on all service providers.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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