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Two Cordless Telephones Prohibited

Ever wondered why browsing the internet on your smartphone or device took forever at certain locations. According to the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji, you’re likely to be in the vicinity
01 Mar 2018 10:27
Two Cordless Telephones Prohibited
Telecommunications Authority of Fiji Acting Manager Tevita Navila at a press conference on Tuesday February 27, 2018.

Ever wondered why browsing the internet on your smartphone or device took forever at certain locations.

According to the Telecommunications Authority of Fiji, you’re likely to be in the vicinity of a Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telephone (DECT) user.

In fact, DECT cordless telephones that are working on 1800MHz and 1900MHz are prohibited to be used in Fiji.

A user using one of the two prohibited DECT cordless telephones can affect 10 3G users.

For mobile operators, the use of these prohibited cordless telephones is costly.

Choosy consumers change service providers when they feel there is a drop in the service quality.

Since a ban on the prohibited cordless telephones was implemented in 2010, 68 phones have so far been confiscated.

TAF acting manager technical Tevita Navila said other cordless telephones that are working on 2400MHz (2.4GHz) and 5800MHz (5.8GHz) are allowed to be imported, traded and used in Fiji.

“The usage of DECT cordless phones tends to block or cut-off the communication line of a mobile phone and the nearest tower. So in that interference you will experience drop calls, very poor call quality and also very slow or you cannot browse the internet.”

FACTS:

-The prohibited DECT cordless telephones that are working on 1800MHz and 1900MHz are often brought into the country through private package which was not declared at border level, through yachts and some through personal luggage.

-DECT users have other alternatives they can choose from

-Those found guilty can face a fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment of up to 24 months

About DECT cordless telephones in Fiji:

The DECT technology was developed for the Europe and American market – when the two markets developed their techonology into 3G, they moved away all the DECT telephones in those markets.

The manufacturers had to look for other markets which have yet to use 3G including Fiji. So they sold DECT technology to telecom operators here.

Feedback:  rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj




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