22 February 2014

Globe Telecom Drives Campaign Versus The Use of Illegal Signal Boosters

Globe is now on campaigning against the use of illegal repeaters or signal boosters that cause network disturbance which results the drop down of calls and the weak signal.

Atty. Froilan Castelo of Globe General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Legal Services group said that it will eliminate the cause of network interference such as illegal repeaters to provide quality and better customer experience.

The drive versus the use of illegal signal booster is not new. It was first began in 2011. Repeaters are technically legal if and only if it is coordinated and followed standard procedures with telcos and regulators.

Illegal repeaters could be indoor or outdoor antennas and wireless adapters which boosted its network signal.
Signal Boosters [Image: YugaTech]
In a report, there were already cases of signal interference being reported in metropolitan areas like Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

Under National Telecommunications Commission's Memorandum Order (MO) 01-02-2013 which prohibits the sale, purchase, importation, possession, or the use of signal boosters operating on the 800, 900, 1800, and 2100 MHz frequency bands without the approval entails penalties and violations.

Globe Telecom’s drive against signal interference now includes the uncoordinated use of high-intensity radio frequency identification (RFID), a wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects., such as those used in upscale villages for security purposes.

Following unrelenting drive last year, the company uncovered and resolved 15 cases involving the use and sale of illegal repeaters or signal boosters. In these cases, the devices were confiscated by the NTC.

“While illegal signal boosters may enhance wireless coverage in a particular area, such devices, when improperly designed or installed, willcause interference with mobile networks and thus will impede communication services, including emergency calls in the community. This is why the company is determined in addressing this issue by eliminating the sale and use of illegal repeaters and provide better customer experience,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Legal Services Group. 

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