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Copper Robbers

11:00 AM -- The rising price of copper is encouraging operators in emerging markets to consider using WiMax instead, according to the CEO of Redknee Inc. (Toronto TSX: RKN)

It may not, however, be for exactly the reasons you imagine. Lucas Skoczkowski (pronounced "Scotch-cough-ski") says it's because the operators are having big problems with the copper actually being stolen out of the ground.

This is an issue in Africa, the Carribbean, and some Asian markets. "The wire gets stolen," he says. "They just dig it out of the ground and sell it to China." Doesn't matter if it is copper or fiber naturally because the thieves can't tell 'til they have already dug the stuff up.

Ouch.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 3:01:18 PM
re: Copper Robbers Copper and Aluminum theft in greatly on the rise everywhere on the globe.

The same folks also steal photovoltaic panels, public art, copper church roofs, historic monuments from graveyards, transformators from electricity plants and street poles while these are under full operation, in italy they have even stolen the connected electrical supply of a train track...

So - neither Wi-Max or any other base station deployment is no cure of the problem without also assuring that your electric supply and transformers will not be stolen every other day...

See for example: http://www.energybulletin.net/...

All the Best!

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