Wireless Monitoring Organization and Department of Telecom (DoT) had organized an inspection ride on several locations across Delhi to take down illegal mobile signal repeaters installed by individuals.
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.
According to the Wireless Monitoring Organization (WMO) of DoT, the installation of an illegal repeater is a punishable offense 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 repeaters are installed by individuals/establishments at homes/offices/PG/Guesthouses to boost mobile signals. This illegal equipment interferes with mobile networks, impact 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 causes interference with the mobile network. Authorities were called to crack down on these installations and take strict action.