Telecom cable sabotage affects local firm

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 17:26

Cables of FPT Telecom has been recently sabotaged in several places, causing its business loss. Photo
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — FPT Telecom had expressed concerns to the Ministry of Information and Communications over the possible sabotage of its cable network, according to a company representative quoted by the VnEconomy online newspaper.

He said that in October, FPT Telecom, a member company of the FPT Corporation, discovered a new 10km cable in the northern province of Bac Ninh had been cut in several places. The cable was installed at the Yen Phong Industrial Zone to provide telecom services for South Korea's Flexcom Vina Co., Ltd.

The telecom provider found the first damage to the cable on the morning of October 16, but after it was repaired, the South Korean company was still unable to connect to the internet. After carrying out more checks, FPT discovered a second fault located 1.3km from the first one.

On October 23, FPT Telecom found yet more damage to the new cable where another section had been cut.

According to the company, the culprits had managed to cut the communications cable without damaging the load bearing cable.

Last August, FPT Telecom also caught an officer from CMC Corporation cutting one of its cables in the Sai Gon Hi-tech Park. Le Bich Loan, deputy head of the park's management board, told the press that FPT Telecom did not have a licence to provide the service in the park, but had installed cables anyway. CMC Corporation apparently decided to cut the cable without explaination.

CMC were chosen to implement an underground cable project in 2010 and allowed other firms to use it for free until the beginning of this year. While VNPT and Viettel Telecom accepted the fees for the underground cable network, FPT Telecom failed to reach an agreement with the corporation.

Pham Hong Hai, head of the Department of Telecommunications, said that those responsible for cutting the cables would be investigated and punished in accordance with the law.

However, in reality, cases like these are rarely investigated seriously and hardly ever end up in court. — VNS

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