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DoT crackdown on Illegal mobile network boosters in Delhi

To address the growing nuisance of Illegal mobile network boosters set up by individuals and businesses, teams from Wireless Monitoring Organisation of Department of Telecom with the support of relevant authorities and mobile operators conducted inspection ride on several locations across Delhi to take down illegal mobile signal repeaters installed.

These locations included both residential and commercial establishments in Sant Nagar, South Extension & East of Kailash. With this exercise in Delhi, 20 illegal repeaters were removed and 10 notices were given to remove the identified ones with immediate effect, said telecom industry body COAI.

According to DoT, installation of an illegal repeater is a punishable offence as per the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 and Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. Heavy fines may be imposed on owners of several premises who have installed these illegal repeaters.

Illegal mobile signal repeaters have become a major nuisance and are one of the biggest reasons for customers facing network issues like call drops and low data speeds. These illegal repeaters are installed by individuals/establishments at homes/offices/PG/Guest-houses to boost mobile signals.

This illegal equipment interferes with mobile networks, impacts signal quality and degrades network experience in the complete area. Mobile operator invests in spectrum & network rollout to enhance customer experience however the illegal booster cause interference with the mobile network. Authorities were called to crackdown on these installations and take strict action, said COAI.

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