The Ministry of Communications has warned that road contractors that destroy telecommunication infrastructure in their line of work will be made to face the full rigours of the law.
MTN last month, for example, indicated that it had so far recorded 1,684 fibre optic cuts in 2021, higher than the 1,605 fibre optic cable cuts recorded in all of 2020.
Speaking at the launch of the 10th Anniversary of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, on behalf of the Minister for Communications, the Deputy Minister of Communications Ama Pomaa Boateng, revealed that all persons responsible for destroying fibre optic cables will bear the cost of restoring the infrastructure to its original state.
“Let me sound a note of caution to road contractors, other utilities and stakeholders that work in the road corridor that telecommunication infrastructure have been designated as critical information infrastructure. It is a crime to destroy telecommunication infrastructure and this includes fibre optic cables.”
“We will enforce the law to the letter and any road contractor or person who destroys fibre optic cables will face the full rigours of the law and restore the infrastructure to its original state,” she added.