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Fiber optic cables from mobile operator Africell vandalized in Luanda

At least 100 meters of fiber optic cables from the telecommunications company Africell were vandalized over the weekend in Luanda, a period in which the operator reported “breaks in its signal”, the police announced this Monday.


According to the spokesman of the Provincial Command of Luanda of the National Police, Nestor Goubel, the complaint was presented by a supervisor of the company that manages the fiber optic network of the North American operator and was later confirmed by agents of the corporation.

The investigation group for criminal offenses at the police station in Boavista, municipality of Luanda, found in one of the tunnels "several pieces of cable, approximately 100 meters long, which were cut and left in place".

Nestor Goubel says that it is a crime of damage to goods of public interest, foreseen and punishable under the terms of the Penal Code, and ensures that steps are taken to determine the authorship of the crime and to hold those involved responsible.

Africell, the fourth mobile operator in the country, officially started its services in the country last Thursday, promising to "invigorate" the telecommunications sector, "affordable prices" and guaranteeing free calls to new customers within its network.

The start-up of the North American operator's services was signaled at a ceremony in which its managers pointed out that customers will also be able to use the Africell 4G network with data packages at up to half price, with 1GB of data worth 750 kwanzas.

The executive director of Africell, Gonçalo Farias, made it known, on the occasion, that "at the moment Africell is not sharing the infrastructure with Unitel", the largest Angolan operator, but only with Movicel, the second largest operator.

Africell "is directly investing its capital to build new infrastructure and if it has an alternative to share it with other operators, its investment will be much lower", he stressed.

The company has investments valued at 150 million dollars.


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