Mumbai

Crackdown on illegal mobile signal boosters

Illegal mobile signal repeaters were taken down in raids conducted by the Wireless Monitoring Organisation of the Department of Telecom (DoT) across 15 locations in the city on Friday. Teams from Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone-Idea assisted with the raid.

Residential and commercial establishments in Thane, Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar, Vile Parle (East), MG Road, Dalal Street, Grant Road, Dontad Street, J.B. Nagar, Kalbadevi Road, CP Tank Road, Naigaon Cross, Bellasis Road, Fanas Wadi, Shamset Street were raided.

After the raids, 23 repeaters were removed and 14 notices to take down the illegal devices were served. Officials said the devices are one of the main reasons why customers face network issues like call drops and low data speeds. The devices are installed to boost mobile signals

Mobile network operators said they made large investments in purchasing spectrum and rolling out network equipment and urged authorities to take strict action against users of the illegal equipment, which interfere with mobile networks and affect signal and network quality.

Rajan S. Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said, “Telecom operators are grappling with the challenges posed by these unauthorised network boosters. These devices not only interfere with service provider’s cell sites but also make mobile handsets transmit higher power, so as to manage connectivity with the site. This leads to higher battery consumption and degraded network experience for consumers.”

The DoT is empowered to impose penalties on sellers of this illegal equipment. Recently, on COAI’s request, several e-commerce players had stopped the sale of illegal network boosters.


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