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Digicel Offers Reward to Convict Cable Thieves

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Two of Jamaica's telecoms operators have offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the conviction of cable thieves that knocked out a significant part of their networks last week.

Digicel said that both its primary and back-up fibre routes "suffered multiple incidents of vandalism" that had particular impact on its LTE network.

The company suffered one outage as cables from one of its switching centres were cut, but was able to reroute the traffic to a backup facility that ran in a different direction from the switch -- only to have that cut as well about an hour later.

"We have reported the incidents to the police and we promise to work with them to thoroughly investigate this highly unusual case of double vandalism," the company's CEO said in a statement.

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