The world of pro mobile signal boosters is forever changing and is certainly flooded with plenty
of options. Not all of which are necessarily legal or compliant with OFCOM regulations. At
Sure Signal solutions we only stock the license exempt, legal repeaters that are
manufactured by industry leaders Cel-Fi. Only Cel-fi produce OfCom approved mobile signal boosters and Sure Signal Solution Ltd is proud to be official resellers of these products having performed numerous installations in collaboration with and using the Cel-fi brand of signal boosters.
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Some products and websites which sell knock off, replica repeaters may
claim to be OFCOM compliant, however in the UK the only company which meets these
requirements is Cel-fi.
Where some unfortunate customers may be unaware while
purchasing these illegal units, they can be in for fines or prosecution should they use them.
Companies profiting off of these units are well aware that they may be legal to sell, they are
certainly not legal to use, therefore leaving all legal responsibility in the hands of the
consumer. It’s a poor tactic which we at Sure Signal condemn, having had to install Cel-fi
equipment for clients who had been let down in the past with illegal installations by other
While you may not have been aware of the legal factors associated with boosting mobile
phone signal. It is one area in which OFCOM is particularly strict. Their inspectors regularly
impose fines on companies and individuals who fail to comply with their notice for removal.
This is due to the interference which these non compliant signal boosters can cause to the
networks. This is one of the major factors in what makes certain companies signal boosters
legal or illegal.
Pro mobile signal boosters may not necessarily tick the boxes OFCOM
requires to be compliant, so be certain your pro hospital mobile signal boosters are Cel-fi brand
before proceeding with an installation. To quote the OFCOM regulations: “In the UK the use
of any radio transmitting device is required to be either licensed or specifically exempted
from licensing under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (WT Act 2006). For mobile
telephones, the use of the spectrum by the network operators is licensed to cover the use of
transmitters and repeaters, while user devices (i.e. handsets) are covered by a general
exemption.” This essentially means that OFCOM requires that the boosters do not interfere
with the networks, they remain within the license conditions, be automatically configured.
Cel-Fi ticks all these boxes and is therefore the only legal booster on the market with no
other competitor gaining OFCOM’s approval for use, yet.
What is a mobile signal booster and how does it work?
A mobile signal booster is a piece of equipment which amplifies phone signal in in-building
situations. Sure Signal are the leading installers of legal signal boosters in the UK and have
worked with some of the country’s top companies and impressive buildings to provide phone
signal to those in need of it. The most commonly seen kind of signal booster used would be
one which avails of a distributed antenna system.
This system uses an external antenna, strategically placed on a high point of the building to pick up the strongest possible signal available in the area. It then carries this signal by coaxial cable to the repeater units (Cel-Fi)
which are in turn cabled to the internal antennas which distribute the signal through the building. Each building will require a specific system and Sure Signal offers bespoke solutions to your building to ensure all areas are covered by excellent phone signal.
Other kinds of Pro Mobile Signal Boosters which are becoming increasingly used in difficult
and large scale installations are Quatras which uses a network and coverage unit in a hybrid
DAS to provide the signal. By placing the coverage units in optimal places around the
building the network coverage unit can then pick these up and distribute the signal their way.
In turn providing the building with the signals available at the roof.
Which Networks and Frequencies can be boosted?
All major networks, O2, Three, Vodafone & EE and all the smaller carriers which use these
networks can be boosted by Sure Signal’s DAS systems. We can boost all 3G, 4G and LTE
and voice frequencies for all networks so no matter which network you use and what you
need to do with it, you can be assured that a Sure Signal solution provides you with the legal
systems you require. Regardless of which it is. This is another aspect of the Cel-Fi range
getting approval from OFCOM in 2018, their units work on individual units for each network
therefore removing the interference seen in tri band and quad band all network signal
boosters which aren’t compliant.
To conclude, it is important to remain compliant with OFCOM when purchasing your signal
booster solution. Every service offered by Sure Signal is guaranteed compliant with OFCOM
regulations. A further glance at the regulations shows that OFCOM are quoted as saying:
“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 (Six months in
Scotland and Northern Ireland)” therefore the implications of using these illegal systems,
despite their lower price, is not worth the risk.
To discuss a legal signal booster installation or the options available to you feel free to
contact one of our expert staff who are happy to offer you advice and find the best solution