MTN and Gauteng police force tackle infrastructure theft

MTN and Gauteng police force tackle infrastructure theft

MTN South Africa has launched a new collaboration with the Gauteng Provincial Community Police Board in a bid to address network infrastructure theft and vandalism.

The issue is not new but has escalated recently in South Africa, creating headaches for operators – both financially, and in terms of customer experience as networks are forced offline. In a bid to safeguard tower infrastructure, the partnership has implemented an initial phase in Soweto, with a command centre aimed at detecting criminal activity and alerting responders.

Ramsey Mosethedi, GM of Stakeholder Relations at MTN SA, said: “We're currently witnessing an unprecedented surge in vandalism and theft targeting networking infrastructure. To address this issue, MTN has chosen Soweto as a proof of concept for a partnership between us and the government aimed at finding a solution ahead of rolling it out across the country. Engaging with Community Policing Forums is a strategic decision because of their intimate knowledge of the community, as our primary objective is to collaborate with the community to safeguard infrastructure crucial for socio-economic well-being and development.”

“Persistent loadshedding in recent months has resulted in a significant increase in theft of network assets and vandalism of our tower infrastructure. These criminal activities come at a high cost to the company and they also prevent communities from accessing the network…The effect is devastating on lives and livelihoods, and this is why we are ramping up prevention measures in the communities we serve,” said MTN SA CEO Charles Molapisi.

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