In a press release (Globe files complaint with NTC against use of illegal repeaters) sent to media and tech-bloggers today, Globe said they have formally filed a complaint before the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against the use of illegal repeaters.
Repeaters are used to increase network coverage and signal by hogging bandwidth from any network cell sites and thereby affecting signal reception on other subscribers like drop calls. The repeaters come in various forms like an outdoor antenna or wireless adapters(pictures below).
Globe said there are illegal repeaters sold in the National Capital Region and are installed secretly in between trees, buildings and rooftops to avoid detection. Globe together with the NTC has dismantled some of the illegal repeaters found in NCR, especially in Makati City where 80 areas were affected and clamped down some business firms selling the illegal repeaters including online retailers. Globe said NTC issued a show cause order this month to an owner of an illegal repeater in San Andres, Manila.
In the pictures above, the repeaters used a yagi antenna similar to the ones used by Globelines in their wireless landline service in Cebu. As commonly named cellular repeater, cell phone repeater, or wireless cellular signal booster in the wireless telecommunications industry, the device is a type of bi-directional amplifier (BDA).
BDA is a device used to increase cell phone reception in a local area like tall buildings where mobile phones in the offices hardly receive signals from the network. The signal received by the antenna of the repeater shall be re-broadcast using the signal amplifier and an internal rebroadcast antenna to the mobile phones inside the building. This is legally employed by the telcos in some areas where signal strength is poor. The diagram below shows the Wilson Cellular Complete Building Amplifier/Repeater System. The Inside Antenna is usually installed in ceilings of the offices inside the building.
Globe described the use of illegal repeaters as “totally unfair practice especially as it impacts a great majority of subscribers in an identified area,”. Quoting Atty. Froilan M. Castelo, Head for Corporate and Legal Services at Globe, the press release said Globe will go after perpetrators of the illegal use of repeaters by prosecuting them in court as part of their commitment for “a stable, consistent, and reliable network for Globe subscribers nationwide.”
Globe has started rolling its $700-million landmark mobile network modernization program that promises improved services,like:
- increase its 2G/3G coverage significantly
- enable faster call and data connections
- on-time delivery of text messages, and
- reduced incidence of dropped calls even at peak hours and traffic-heavy occasions.
This is in preparation of the most advanced 4G technologies such as HSPA+, Long Term Tvolution (LTE), and the new internet protocol IPv6.