Outages on mobile networks after rioters destroy infrastructure

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Mobile network outages after criminals damage infrastructure

Mobile networks in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are experiencing outages because of damage to network infrastructure during the violent protests.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said earlier this week it had received reports of vandalism of communications infrastructure.
 

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Kennedy said Vodacom had put contingency measures in place to keep customers connected, particularly in areas impacted by the unrest.
If government really wanted to arrest the criminals involved in looting, they should be getting court orders to get details of all MSISDNs that were detected across all networks, in the areas where looting and other acts of criminality were committed, including where those MSISDNs frequently congregate.
 

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If government really wanted to arrest the criminals involved in looting, they should be getting court orders to get details of all MSISDNs that were detected across all networks, in the areas where looting and other acts of criminality were committed, including where those MSISDNs frequently congregate.

Should actually be relatively easy to do that tbh... Though it will be vast swathes of data.

There would be a large grouping of MSISDNs that would have crossed from one celltower to another in a looted area in a short space of time. Those are your likely suspects.
 

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Should actually be relatively easy to do that tbh... Though it will be vast swathes of data.

There would be a large grouping of MSISDNs that would have crossed from one celltower to another in a looted area in a short space of time. Those are your likely suspects.
Exactly.

Cellular network operators should go above and beyond any court order and cooperate as much as possible with those investigating the crimes committed, in the end it will mean the criminals responsible for damaging cellular infrastructure and everything else, are tracked down and arrested.

For example, cellular network operators should not only provide investigators with the raw data, but also do the necessary data processing that would otherwise take much longer for investigators to do.

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Just want to add, don't blacklist any stolen cellphones (not yet), flag the IMEIs of stolen cellphones and track down the criminals using them.
 
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