Experiencing Weak Signals? Who’s to blame?


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Subscribers in some areas like in Binangonan, Rizal who experience weak signal and slower internet connection usually blame their carriers for this. But no, Globe has been improving their facilities to provide the best service to their subscribers. What’s causing this interference are the so-called “repeaters”.

Repeater, Signal Booster

Repeater | Source: Wikipedia

A repeater is an electronic device that receives a signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power, or onto the other side of an obstruction, so that the signal can cover longer distances.1 Repeaters are used by businesses like trucking companies and taxi companies for them to monitor or track the route or location of their vehicles, also for immediate communication. It is also being used by government agencies like the army, police, firemen, and traffic enforcers. There are also some groups like rescue teams also use repeaters to ensure clarity in radio communications during their missions. I personally have used repeaters when I was a radio man for a rescue team.

Repeaters are to improve signals for better communication. But for some instances repeaters are distorting signals of mobile carriers and this results to drop calls, delayed messages, and slow internet connection. Repeaters are not actually bad as long as it is properly placed, has legal permits, and has proper coordination with other companies who also uses radio signals as a tool for their services.

There are just some people who don’t really abide by the rules. Of course, nobody wants a weak signal reception that is why there are some who really set up repeaters to boost their coverage but then there are a lot of people being affected by their move.

Subscribers need not to worry any more. National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has already issued Memorandum Order 01-02-2013 which prohibits the sale, purchase, importation, or use of repeaters on certain frequencies. This is a great relief for us subscribers to enjoy Globe’s full service along with the thrust on improving more for us to have a better Globe experience.

Good for you, but for me, living in the area of Camp Crame, which repeaters (legal and illegal) are almost placed everywhere makes me disappointed with my mobile phone signals. Globe has already done their part in improving their facilities. I just hope that NTC will address this issue of illegal repeaters in our area.



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