TelOne lost US$400K to network vandalism in the first half of 2022

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State-owned telecommunications company TelOne has said in a statement that it has lost revenue amounting to US$292,620 in the first half of 2022 due to network vandalism. This figure represents a 64% increase in the instances of thieves making off with TelOne telecommunications equipment when compared to this time last year.

“In terms of equipment lost, TelOne lost network valued at US$362,460, representing a 15% increase when compared to first half 2021. Year to date, a total of 28 vandals have been arrested compared to 23 arrests that were made in the first six months of 2021. Out of these arrests, 8 of the suspects were sentenced to the mandatory 10-year jail term by the courts.”


Additionally, the loss of equipment has affected 29,000 TelOne customers which is a 74% surge from the same period last year. The main attraction for vandals are the copper cables that make up a good proportion of the telecommunication company’s infrastructure.

To this effect, TelOne has said that it expects the conviction rate for convicted copper thieves to rise once the Copper Amendment Bill (which seeks a minimum of 30 years imprisonment) passes sometime in the second half of this year.

TelOne also said that it is enacting strategies to combat network vandalism through measures like improving security systems at sites, deepening ties with the Anti-Vandalism Task Force, and increasing awareness campaigns on its internal initiatives like the scheme that rewards members of the public who offer information that leads to the identification and arrest of suspects.

Real change will, however, come when TelOne replaces copper elements with fibre. The telecoms company says that it is implementing the switch nationwide and to support the effort, as well as improve network quality, TelOne said that it intends to roll out 40 LTE base stations this year.

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  1. Munashe

    No base stations yet yet they are forcing customers to switch to LTE

  2. DK

    TelOne should ju stop trying to think and just copy what Telkom South Africa is doing. Fibre and LTE is the way forward.
    p.s. TelO e needs to be serious about how and where they run their fibre optic cables, unless if it is a way of keeping themselves busy going over and over the same route.

  3. Codebreaker


    Walk and change with time

  4. Core22

    Jeez move on to fibre. Same way we moved on from smoke signal to smartphone. Caves to houses. Nhembe to hembe. Its convenient!!!

  5. Ruf

    I’m surprised that none is castigating thieves…. Why are song this too ourselves. I mean even zesa
    Is not spared. How you steal transformer oil. And put the whole block and business on standby. Then these companies have to put extra security and pass the buck to consumers

    1. Imi Vanhu Musadaro

      Castigating thieves won’t solve anything. Thieves will continue to steal regardless of castigation and with the worsening economic environment, theft will just increase. Instead of lamenting their losses, they should be acting.

      What are being tabled are practical and viable solutions to the problem. Remove the thing that the thieves desire.

      Zesa unfortunately cannot switch to fibre, but just like TelOne they only tell you the millions they lose due to vandalism. Oddly both, Zesa and Telone, refuse to spend even a 1000 bucks on investment in alarms or security protocols for their own infrastructure. A transformer station worth USD 35,000 has a regular wooden door, no alarm, no burglar bars, no perimeter fence and no insurance 🤷🏾‍♂️.

  6. Zambiringa Munyemba

    Vachingochema tichingobaaaa!!!

  7. Captain America

    Even if their switch to fibre, their trenches are not the standard depth and are very liable to damage by the public so vandalism will always be the order of the day unless they submit to being professional and following stipulated regulations….

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