Regulator confiscates illegal wireless devices

POSTED: 03/20/12 3:15 PM


St. Maarten – Some 161 illegal wireless communication devices were confiscated last week during inspections conducted by Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten (BTP SXM). The control was aimed at curtailing the sale of illegal wireless communication devices.
The inspections were conducted at large retail stores in Philipsburg suspected of selling devices that are deemed illegal and cause interference with public and governmental communications systems. These devices cause unforeseen outages and/or service degradation.
Each store was given a process verbal of impoundment. They were also informed that conviction could lead to a maximum of six months imprisonment or an administrative fine of 25, 000 guilder based on art.15 sub1. and art. 20 of the Telecommunication Act of 1995 No.196.
“BTP SXM herewith reminds all sellers of electronic communication devices that, only the sale of FCC or CE approved wireless electronic communications devices is permitted in St. Maarten.
All devices within the permitted category need to comply with FCC part 15 requirements or the EU R&TTE Directive. A detailed list of the wireless electronic communication devices that are deemed illegal is available on the BTP SXM website (www.sxmregulator.com),” a release from the director Peggy Ann Brandon states.
More onsite spot-checks will be conducted in the coming weeks and all devices offered in sale and not in compliance with regulations will be confiscated.

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