Total: Hundreds of residents without internet connection after a network cable theft

Total: Hundreds of residents without internet connection after a network cable theft

This Monday, January 23, hundreds of Somme residents were deprived of internet after the theft of 1,500 meters of network cable.

No more TV, no more landline phone and no more internet. This Monday, January 23, 320 households in the Somme were completely disconnected from the grid, according to a press release published by Orange Services. This cut follows the theft of 1,500 meters of cable between the communes of Namps-Maisnil and Quevauvillers.

The incident was reported by Orange, but all operators can potentially be affected, according to France Bleu. Teams were dispatched to the scene this morning to assess the extent of the damage and say the work could take a week.

A “malicious act”

“A new cable will be ordered to replace the missing part. Once this cable has been delivered, the teams will proceed with the installation; by soldering, one after the other, several hundred small copper wires that make up the cable. These wires are necessary to deliver the service to all homes,” Orange explained.

In the meantime, the operator advises vulnerable households to use 4G Connection Sharing via their smartphone to access the Internet. Orange denounces a “malicious act” and intends to press charges in the coming days. An investigation has been launched to identify the thief or thieves.

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