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Sweden: Many computer and telecommunications cables unprotected
Wednesday, 02 February 2011
Many computer and telecommunications cables in Sweden are vulnerable to sabotage, which at the weekend led to blockage in the mobile telephony in the country. And the current rules on how such components are supposed to be protected are no longer current.

Cables are crucial for data and telephone communications in Sweden but in many instances, they are exposed and vulnerable to sabotage. Last weekend much of V�sterbotten and Norrbotten were left without mobile telephone access because a fiber optic cable was cut outside of Lule�.

Critics argue that there are no detailed requirements of the ways in which cables should be placed or managed but what is expected is to have a proper rule on how they must be protected from sabotage and increase its safety thus enabling it to work continuously.

For the large parts of V�sterbotten and Norrbotten, there was no way one could access and utilize mobile telephony network from Saturday evening until Sunday afternoon. Also the Internet and some television channels were knocked out after someone cut a fiber optic cable outside Lule�, northern Sweden. 

Police in the area investigating the crime, however, said that it was so easy to access the cable. They thus conclude that it is a serious issue and it requires that the cable owners and owners of telecommunications and computer networks work hard to protect themselves better in any way.

The cable belonging to the country's second largest fiber optic which is 1300 kilometer long is also low at the moment on open and exposed along the railroad because of repair work.
The law says that those responsible, therefore, network operators and cable owners must take the security measures they feel necessary. And then it's up to the Post and Telecom Agency to determine whether it is sufficient.
By Scancomark.se Team







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