Ofcom to allow repeaters to boost indoor coverage of mobile signals

Thursday, April 6th 2017

Under a new plan, UK's telecoms regulator, Ofcom, will allow customers to use repeaters to boost or retransmit mobile signals indoors, to help increase coverage. Presently, it's unlawful to, without approval of a mobile operator, to use these devices, as it could also cause interference or affect nearby users. Ofcom plans to allow 2 categories of mobile phone repeaters. One is the static mobile phone repeaters for use indoors. The other is of low-gain mobile phone repeaters for in-vehicle usage.

The proposal would surely come with some new conditions attached, such as, a condition that the repeater would be used over the frequency band only that of a single network operator, at one time and to control its power to a minimum requirement, just to fulfil a proper connection and to incorporate measures for anti-oscillation.

However, the watchdog regulator will not dictate the technologies to be used. Therefore, manufacturers can build their 2G, 3G and 4G service kits as appropriate. On the other hand, the use of static wideband repeaters is not included by Ocom and that remains unlawful. Ofcom has opened a consultation in this regard and will collect feedback up to the 4th of June this year.

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