MANILA — Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) on Thursday said it has uncovered and resolved eight cases of illegal use of repeaters or signal boosters to date.
At present, Globe agents have already initiated separate discussions with building administrators and or owners concerned and they were able to secure their commitment to dismantle the illegal repeaters.
Illegal repeaters come in the form of indoor or outdoor antennas and wireless adapters which boost network coverage and signal by hogging bandwidth from a legitimate network infrastructure.
Numerous incidence of interference had been noted, particularly in the metropolitan Manila area over the past years.
These illegal repeaters were found and confiscated by Globe in Marulas, Valenzuela City, Caloocan City, Quezon City, Tuguegarao City, Davao City and two sites in Makati City.
Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel, said that repeaters or signal boosters, without any permit from the National Telecommunications Commission, were illegal.
He further explained that such equipment hampers the flow of communication among customers.
“Globe will continue to intensify its drive against the use of illegal repeaters or signal boosters and report the same to the NTC,” Castelo aid.
The Globe official further said that the use of signal booster without any NTC license causes network interference that result in mobile phone subscribers to experience dropped calls, garbled lines, and weak signal.
He said the company’s campaign against signal interference was in support of the company’s recent network modernization program intended to provide a robust and reliable network for voice, text and data services.