SC fibre optic patch lead

A 34-YEAR-OLD engineer was charged in court on Friday with mischief by damaging the fibre optic cables of a fibre splicing box.

Terrance Tan Khoon Shan allegedly damaged OpenNet’s cable installation at Block 381 Clementi Avenue 5 on April 23.

OpenNet is the company appointed by the Government to lay the fibre optic network islandwide.

A police statement said that since the beginning of last month, more than 400 fibre optic cables for high-speed Internet transmission laid in more than 100 HDB blocks in various places were found to have been cut, causing several hours of disruption to the affected Internet users.

Tan, who was arrested at his home in Clementi on Wednesday, was remanded at Central police division lock-up.

He will be back in court on May 13.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to three years or a fine of up to $10,000 or to both.

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How much does a fiber optic cable cost? Here’s a sample…….

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