By Houda Mzioudet.
Tripoli 27 November 2013:
Telephone communication around Khemir, some 25 kilometres south south of Ghariyan, have been cut as a . . .[restrict]result of yet another copper cable theft, Ahmed Masood, a telecommunications engineer in the Libya Post Telecommunications & Information Technology Company (LPTIC) in Mizdah told the Libya Herald.
He said that thieves stole electric cables from LPTIC’s rural telephone communication tower. It provides internet communications to the area as well as parts of Mizdah.
Communication in the area have been cut since last Sunday. The theft has also affected telephone communications in the town of Ghriyaat, 300 kilometres south of Ghariyan, according to Masood.
“Vandals stole the copper cables to sell them afterwards,” he explained.
Rural telephone communications provide rural areas in Ghariyan and Mizdah with internet that still do not have WiFi internet.
“We wrote to GECOL about the cables to get telephone communications back in the area but we’re still waiting for them to send a maintenance team to repair it,” explained Ezzedine El Arbi, Telecom Libya’s head of administrative and financial affairs at its Jebel Nafusa branch.
Similar thefts of cable have occurred regularly across the country. [/restrict]