Globe busts illegal 'signal boosters' in Pasay


Posted at Jul 09 2014 01:59 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2014 09:59 PM

MANILA – Ayala-led Globe Telecom has resolved 12 cases of illegal use of signal boosters after tracing illegal repeaters or "signal boosters" in the areas of Baclaran and Roxas Boulevard.

The telecommunications firm said it held talks with building administrators in the area to dismantle the illegal equipment which causes network interference.

The interference can result to dropped calls, garbled lines, and weak signal.

A total of 19 illegal repeaters were uncovered in Shoe Plaza Uneed Bldg., Harrison Bldg., Khatar Bldg., Parka Bldg., ANLI Bldg., JB Bldg., Saulog, Metrobank Pasay, Warehouse No. 802, Warehouse No. 142 and Warehouse No. 162 in Pasay City.

“Globe will continue to step up its campaign to eradicate the use of illegal repeaters or signal boosters as such equipment impedes the flow of communication, adversely affecting the experience of our customers. The company will not put up with such kind of unscrupulous activities,” said Globe’s legal counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo.

Globe said incidents of interference usually indicate the use of signal boosters because these devices do not need to hook up with other telecommunications infrastructure of the mobile network.

Most incidents of interference have been reported in Metro Manila in recent years, with violators using indoor or outdoor antennas and wireless adapters, which boost network coverage and signal by hogging bandwidth from a legitimate network infrastructure.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) earlier issued Memorandum Order 01-02-2013, prohibiting the sale, purchase, importation, possession or use of signal boosters operating on the 800 megahertz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2100 MHz frequency bands without the approval of the regulatory agency.

Violators may face penalties and even imprisonment.