Mobile signal boosters - are they legal to use in the UK?

A range of mobile repeaters are can now legally be used in the UK. But how can you tell which products are legal?
By: Boost Pro Systems
LIVINGSTON, Scotland - Aug. 4, 2020 - PRLog -- Boost Pro Systems has launched a series of mobile signal boosting solutions in the UK. These mobile repeaters are designed to improve poor cellular reception within commercial premises such as office buildings, warehouses, factories, hospitals, schools and more.

Our products are license exempt and fully compliant with Ofcom Si 2018/399. Please note that many companies offer mobile signal repeating products which are illegal to use (just not to sell). Use of such products can carry large fines, so be sure to read on for further information about the use of mobile repeaters and how to stay lawful.

Ofcom states that: "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..."

This effectively means that as long as mobile signal boosting devices do not interfere with other networks and respect the licensing conditions of the mobile network operator, without causing harm to any other networks, they are compliant.

There is a loophole in Ofcom's policies which means that it is not illegal to sell unlicensed mobile signal boosters (hence why a quick Google search leads to thousands of low-cost results), however it is entirely illegal to use such products.

If you have any questions or want to know more about how the technology might help boost mobile signal for voice and data within your organisation's buildings, please get in touch:

Jamie Duncan
Maketing Director
Boost Pro Systems
Industry:Information technology
Location:Livingston - West Lothian - Scotland
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