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PHILIPPINES: Commercial Wi-Fi services, Bluetooth, Illegal
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Monday, 30.06.03 - 18:31:34 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10039x
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"As far as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) was concerned, commercial wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) services, and even Bluetooth use, was still "illegal" in certain regions in the Philippines, including Metro Manila, an official of the regulatory body said over the weekend."

The 2.4 GHz spectrum is currently owned by the Manila Electric Compny (Meralco) for their Supervisory Control and Data Aquisition (SCADA) network. Limitation on the use of the specified frequency in Metro Manila, where the Central Business District is located, may spell stunted growth for IT dependent operations that may benefit from wireless technology.

Current NTC regulations prohibit the use of the spread spectrum technology--which includes Wi-Fi, within the 2.4-gigahertz frequency band. The NTC is also considering the regulation of the Bluetooth wireless technology as it also works on a similar frequency.

There will be a public hearing in July to discuss the guidelines before it issues a directive allowing the use of the 2.4-Ghz frequency band in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Region III (Central Luzon), and Region IV (Southern Luzon).

NTC regulations are based on laws passed in the 1930s.

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