Stiffer penalties coming for persons who steal telecoms equipment

Technology Minister Fayval Williams
Technology Minister Fayval Williams

Stronger penalties are coming for persons found to have stolen equipment and infrastructure used by telecoms service providers.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, said the Government plans to shore up the existing policy and regulatory framework to protect investments in the sector and ensure more reliable connectivity for customers.

“Theft and vandalism exact a heavy toll on every one of us and jeopardise this country’s future.”

— Williams

“I commit to working with colleague Ministers to strengthen legislation, such as the Larceny Act, the Malicious Injuries to Property Act and, yes, the Scrap Metal Regulations. Theft and vandalism exact a heavy toll on every one of us and jeopardise this country’s future,” she said.

Williams was speaking during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, November 12.

In recent weeks and months, Jamaicans have been expressing frustration with the quality of service with the two major telecoms providers.

Williams noted that one of the issues faced by operators is the rising incidence of theft of network equipment, for which there is a need for much stiffer penalties in order to give the telecoms providers a fighting chance at maintaining resilience in their network.