As network issues keep dampening the quality of cellular communication, people look for possible solutions that promise efficiency and affordability. The peculiar features of a location like terrain, forest cover, and construction materials of buildings are primary causes of network issues, and switching carriers does not often help in these cases. The best possible solution is to install a cell phone booster that takes in weak cellular signals and boosts them before rebroadcasting it to our cell phones.
Ofcom is the official communication regulator of the UK, and it has set some regulations on the use of cellular signal boosters. In 2018, Ofcom legalized the use of two types of cell phone boosters, namely static indoor repeaters and low gain in-vehicle repeater.
Static Indoor Repeaters
Static indoor repeaters are designed for indoor use and they improve the coverage area inside homes, buildings, and offices. However, they should not be used in other situations, like in a vehicle. The repeaters must be used inside buildings that have ceilings and roof, and the downlink from the repeaters must not be used outdoors or in semi-open locations. Uplink can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Even though the repeater is effective in all situations, they are excellent options that can boost indoor signals in situations where the strength of indoor signals is weak. Ofcom has restricted these amplifiers to amplify signals from one carrier network at a time, but if needed, they can be reconfigured into a different network.
Low-Gain In-Vehicle Repeaters
When vehicles are in motion, cell phones change their connections to the cell towers on the way, and if the cell phone connects to a cell tower that has optimum traffic, there are high chances for calls to be dropped, because the signal strength is affected.
This type of repeater is allowed inside cars and road vehicles but is not permitted in static caravans or boats. By installing in-vehicle cell signal booster, the strength of cellular signals inside moving vehicles can be improved, and a cell phone inside a moving vehicle will receive signals of equal strengths as that of a cell phone outside.
Ofcom made it easier for people to install cellular signal boosters because the static indoor repeaters and in-vehicle repeaters can be used without the need for a license. Understanding the laws regarding the installation and use of signal boosters and sticking to the suggested guidelines makes the whole process of installation and use quite smooth.