telecommunications Industry association COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) sent a letter to the Telecommunications Department ((Point) To ask for strict measures to curb illegal repeaters and boosters for sale, offline or online through e-commerce websites. The trade organization has sought urgent government intervention to “contain this threat”.
The agency wants DoT to “ensure a total ban on the sale of these illegal repeaters and boosters offline or online through e-commerce websites / platforms by notifying the vendors of illegal repeaters in the country.”
In an April 16 letter to Telecommunications Secretary Anshu Prakash, COAI said these illegal repeaters have become “a major nuisance” and are a major cause for customers facing cellular network problems such as dropped calls and low data speeds.
In the letter, CIAI says that the telecommunications companies installed these boosters in areas where the signal strength was poor after proper testing, and that it does not affect the spectrum available. “According to the established standards, Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) only install such repeaters after thorough inspections, after a request has been made or a request is made. The TSPs ensure that the installation of a repeater does not affect network coverage for anyone outside the United States Distribution area and does not interfere with other TSPs that have been allocated frequency. ”
The body pushed them too Home Office Provide adequate instructions to government agencies to take legal action against sellers of illegal repeaters in the country.
How these boosters hurt cellular and broadband users according to COAI:
* There is concern that such broadband devices pick up network signals to provide unregulated connectivity to a particular building or area, reducing network strength in other surrounding areas, causing disconnections and degraded network quality.
* These illegal repeaters have become a major nuisance and a major cause for customers facing cellular network issues such as disconnections and low data speeds, especially in densely populated areas.
* Even landlords and homeowners illegally install such devices in densely populated areas to attract tenants, which is detrimental to the availability of cellular networks across the area, be it on 2G, 3G or 4G networks.
The letter adds that these boosters are hurting telecommunications companies that have spent a lot of money buying frequencies. “According to the specifications of boosters and repeaters sold online, these broadband devices enhance signals in the licensed frequency bands of 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2500 MHz total, which are only assigned by the Department of Telecommunications the licensed telecommunications service providers bought by the TSPs by paying large sums, “the letter adds.