Suspect found in search for vandals in BlueSky case

One of the Bluesky cables at Matafele cut in April. Photo courtesy of Bluesky.

One of the Bluesky cables at Matafele cut in April.
Photo courtesy of Bluesky.

Alan Ah Mu

APIA: WEDNESDAY 8 MAY2013: Police have a suspect in an investigation into damage of cables that belong to telecommunications company Bluesky Samoa at Matafele last month.

The suspect is assisting Police with the investigation, Tole’afoa Douglas Creevey, Chief Operating Officer of Bluesky, said today.

“Police are investigating further whether there is any relation or connection to the Lelata Bridge incident a month earlier,” Tole’afoa said.

In April broadband services in the capital Apia were disrupted when two major 200 cable pair telephone cables were found cut inside the cable manhole located in a fenced site at Matafele.

It cost Bluesky an estimated $50 000 in repairs.

In March Bluesky cables that run along Lelata Bridge were also found cut.

It caused major disruption to services.

“The initial damages and interim repair at Lelata were estimated at $35,000 but the final permanent repairs are still yet to be done which would take it up to $80,000 … (outage was 26 hours),” Tole’afoa said today.

In that incident 400 400-pair and two 200-pair cables that provide voice and broadband data services for customers in Magiagi, To’omatagi, Vaivase-Tai, Vaivase-Uta and Fagali’i-Uta were cut.

All these locations are inland of the capital Apia.

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