The Legality of Mobile Signal Boosters

| by Mobile Repeater

When it comes to the UK, the legality of signal boosters is a huge factor. To date, numerous businesses and hospitals have had illegal boosters in place which disrupted network efficiency, with Ofcom inspectors showing up to have these taken down. Not only is this kind of thing considerably expensive, but also hugely inconvenient in many ways.

Ofcom has stated: “Repeater devices transmit or re-transmit in the cellular frequency bands. Only the mobile network operators are licensed to use equipment that transmits in these bands. Installation or use of repeater devices by anyone without a licence is a criminal offence under Section 8 of the WT Act 2006. Any person found guilty of installing or using such devices without a licence would be liable on conviction to a fine of up to £5000 and/or up to 51 weeks’ imprisonment (Six months in Scotland and Northern Ireland). Cel-fi products are 'Licence exempt' and therefore you do not run that risk with this range of products”

What is a Mobile Signal Repeater?

This is a device which is used to boost mobile phone reception. It does this with the help of three major components. These are the reception antenna, the signal amplifier, and the internal antenna for rebroadcasting. The latter holds a lot of similarities with the cell phone mast which is used by network providers for the same purpose. The difference is that repeater’s internal antennas are much smaller, and each is usually set up in a single building.  The mobile repeaters used nowadays ‘repeat’ or rebroadcast the mobile signal inside the designated area. The system generally uses the external antenna to bring in the best mobile signal, which then is transmitted to the amplifier unit for strengthening and then retransmitting in the local vicinity.

What Ofcom Has to Say about This

One other thing Ofcom says about the use of any radio transmitting device in the UK is that it needs to either be licensed, or expressly exempted from licensing under WT Act 2006. Where it concerns mobile telephones, the use of the spectrum by the network operators is licensed to cover the use of transmitters and repeaters, while user devices (i.e. handsets) are covered by a general exemption.” The authority also advises people interested in improving coverage inside their particular area to get in touch with their network provider. Lastly, any boosters used should also not interfere with signals from other networks.

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