The President of the Office of Electronic Communications proposed that activities should be taken in order to prevent infrastructure devastation.
At the invitation of the President of the Office of Electronic Communications representatives of companies and industry chambers met on 24 November 2011 at UKE. The purpose of the meeting was to realize the scale of this phenomenon and to undertake joint initiatives in order to fight the existing pathologies.
Telecommunications operators note more and more thefts of telecommunications cables. Only Telekomunikacja Polska observed more than 7,000 such cases last year. This presents a significant increase compared to 2009 when approximately 3,000 thefts were noted. The consequent devastation of telecommunications infrastructure affects also energy and railway providers.
The President of the Office of Electronic Communications proposed that joint activities should be taken in order to prevent this pathology. The purpose is on one hand to implement legislative amendments facilitating the fight with thieves, but also to elaborate methods facilitating cooperation with the police in this respect. UKE representatives stressed the importance of undertaking a joint social action which would make the society more sensitive to this problem.
During the meeting representatives of the largest Polish telecommunications companies presented the scale of the telecommunications cables thefts affecting their networks. They stressed that in order to prevent this phenomenon not only stricter punishment for thieves should be applied (at present, they usually avoid any responsibility because of a low degree of damage to the society), but also appropriate regulation with respect to the trade in copper and scrap metal.
Most participants of the discussion agreed with these proposals. It was agreed that a Steering Committee would be established, composed of telecommunications operators' representatives, energy and railway companies, industry chambers and UKE. Its first task will be to define priorities and a schedule for joint activities aiming at prevention of thefts and devastation of telecommunications infrastructure.