This article is interesting, in that it highlights an aspect of infrastructure that seldom gets attention -- theft. As the article points out, it is hardly a problem isolated to developing countries. The impact of infrastructure theft is perhaps greater in developing countries because the resources are scarcer.
On the CAnet News mailing list, Bill St. Arnaud speculates about whether this phenomenon might turn out to be a driver for technology change. Would fiber or wireless equipment face the same problems? What if the lampposts being stolen contain access points ... how would this affect municipal networks?