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Impoundment illegal wireless communication devices

Published on: Mar 19, 2012
Inspectors of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten conducted regulatory activities last week with the aim to curtail the sale of illegal wireless communication devices in St. Maarten. A total of 161 illegal wireless communication devices were confiscated and a process verbal of impoundment was issued by the inspector of BTP-SXM against the retail store owners.
Inspectors of Bureau Telecommunications and Post St. Maarten conducted regulatory activities last week with the aim to curtail the sale of illegal wireless communication devices in St. Maarten.

The inspections were conducted in Philipsburg at a large retail stores suspected of selling devices that are deemed illegal and cause interference with public and governmental communications systems, resulting in unforeseen outages and/or service degradation.

A total of 161 illegal wireless communication devices were confiscated and a process verbal of impoundment was issued by the inspector of BTP-SXM against the retail store owners. Offenders can be convicted to a maximum of six months imprisonment or be issued an administrative fine of Twenty Five Thousand Guilders based on the Telecommunication act of 1995 No.196 art.15 sub1. and art. 20.

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).

In the following weeks BTP-SXM inspectors will perform onsite spot-checks and all devices offered in sale and not in compliance with regulations, will be confiscated.