TM on track to complete copper replacement in Sabah by 2025

TM on track to complete copper replacement in Sabah by 2025

Telekom Malaysia says it has swapped out 90% of its copper cables in Sabah with fibre and will ditch the remaining copper lines by 2025 as it copes with rising incidents of cable theft.

Mohd Sainal Bin Mohd Amin, GM and head of Regulatory and Engagement at TM Technology Services Sabah, said that the move to get rid of copper will not only provide better broadband services to Sabah, but also help it fight cable theft, according to the Borneo Post.

Sainal noted that police have arrested 16 people in Sabah between January and October 2023 for cable theft, the report said.

“We have also identified hotpot areas for cable theft activities, so we have given focus to those areas,” he said. “Among the identified hotspot areas are Likas and Inanam in Kota Kinabalu, Tanjung Batu and Batu 4 in Tawau and also Jalan Sim-Sim in Sandakan.”

TM has been plagued by cable theft in other parts of Malaysia as well. In January this year, 11 people were arrested in George Town in Penang for allegedly stealing TM copper cables. In July, 13 people were arrested for the same offense in Johor Baru. The same month, several residents in Klang, Selangor lost service for several weeks after thieves stole cables in their neighborhood.

In Malaysia, copper can be sold to scrap yards for about RM25 (US$5.35) per kg, while optical fibre has no resale value

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has instructed TM to replace all copper cables by 2025, according to the Post.

Sainal made the remarks at an event organised by TM to express appreciation for organisations helping its security management unit to combat cable theft, including police, media and NGOs, the report said.

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