MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom has signed agreements with several major retailers of gadgets and IT equipment, including CD-R King, in a bid to curb the sale of illegal repeaters or signal boosters in the country.
The agreement binds retailers from selling signal boosters that do not comply with the specifications set by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
The NTC Memorandum Order 01-02-2013 prohibits the sale, use and possession of signal boosters without the approval of the regulatory agency.
"We appreciate the cooperation of the major retailers of gadgets and technology items in the country to support our drive against the use of illegal repeaters. Many of the existing retailers have been previously unaware that the sale of such equipment violates existing laws,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, head of Globe Corporate Legal Services Group.
Aside from committing to discontinue the sale of illegal repeaters, large chain retailers including CD-R King General Merchandise, Electronics Boutique and Smile-Com also committed to exclude mobile signal boosters from its promotions.
Illegal repeaters may 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.
Castelo appealed to Globe subscribers to immediately report suspected cases of network interference due to illegal repeaters, as well as retailers who continue to sell such equipment.