The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) highlighted several incidents involving the theft of telecommunications copper cables in a statement.
Since July 2020, Unified National Networks Sdn Bhd (UNN) has experienced over 100 cable theft incidents which caused telecommunication and Internet service outages in Mukim Lumapas, Kampong Ayer and surrounding areas.
These cases have impeded businesses and economic activities and can disrupt the public from contacting emergency services.
AITI reminds the public that any person, who wilfully removes, destroys or damages any installation or plant used for telecommunications, is guilty of an offence under Section 49(1) of the Telecommunications Order, 2001, and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding BND50,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.
Under Section 49(2), any person who, in the course of carrying out any earthworks, damages or suffers to be damaged any cable of a telecommunication system belonging to or under the management or control of a telecommunication system licensee is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding BND1 million, imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both.
As stated under Section 50 of the Telecommunications Order, 2001, any person who removes, destroys or damages, whether wilfully, negligently, accidentally or otherwise, the installation or plant used for telecommunications is liable to pay compensation for the damage he has done.
AITI requests public cooperation to report suspicious activities to the police.