Globe files complaint against users of illegal repeaters


Got a signal booster or repeater that boosts Globe signals yet doesn’t have the official blessing of the telecom giant? Well, you might want to take that down, as Globe is saying that they’ll be filing a complaint with the NTC against the use of illegal repeaters as part of its intensified efforts to track down users and sellers of the equipment that cause network interference for subscribers in a specific area.

You’re probably thinking that people who installed repeaters are probably doing Globe subscribers by boosting their signal, right? Not so, says Globe. The telco blames illegal repeaters for a significant dip on call quality and clarity because the repeaters hog bandwith from the legitimate Globe network infrastructure. Monitoring reports from Globe Network Group revealed that there was a significant increase in interference cases in the National Capital Region, specifically in Makati over the last 3 months, with over 80 sites affected.

To combat this, Globe and NTC has conducted joint ocular inspections last February to confiscate illegally installed repeaters and clamp down on sellers of illegal repeaters. NTC issued a show cause order this month to an owner of an illegal repeater in San Andres, Manila.

“Network and clean frequencies are important components for quality delivery of our services. The use of illegal repeaters in order to get good network coverage at the expense of others has no place in this society. It’s a totally unfair practice especially as it impacts a great majority of subscribers in an identified area,” said Atty. Froilan M. Castelo, Head for Corporate and Legal Services at Globe. “With our strengthened partnerships with the police, courts, and other government institutions like the NTC, Globe will remain relentless in going after and prosecuting perpetrators, both users and sellers, to ensure a stable, consistent, and reliable network for Globe subscribers nationwide.”