MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom said it has uncovered eight cases of illegal use of signal boosters or repeaters, as part of its campaign to address signal interference.
Globe said the illegal repeaters were found and confiscated in Marulas, Valenzuela City, Caloocan City, Quezon City, Tuguegarao City, Davao City and 2 sites in Makati City.
Globe agents also met with the building administrators and concerned owners who promised to dismantle the illegal repeaters.
"The repeaters or signal boosters, without any permit from the National Telecommunications Commission, is illegal as such equipment hampers the flow of communication among our customers. Globe will continue to intensify its drive against the use of illegal repeaters or signal boosters and report the same to the NTC,"Froilan Castelo, Globe General Counsel, said.
Castelo said the use signal boosters without any NTC license can cause network interference that result in mobile phone subscribers to experience dropped calls, garbled lines, and weak signal.
There have been recent reports of interference in the metropolitan Manila area. 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.
In 2013, the proliferation of signal interference prompted the NTC to issue 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.
Violation could entail penalties and even imprisonment.