Insights Ofcom consults on implementing new rules to help people boost mobile signal indoors

Ofcom is consulting on new Regulations (the Wireless Telegraphy (Mobile Repeater) (Exemption) Regulations 2022) to enable people to buy a wider range of devices that can improve their mobile reception at home. Indoor mobile repeaters, sometimes referred to as “signal boosters”, are devices typically used in residential properties to amplify a mobile reception.

In November 2021 Ofcom published its decision to extend the range of mobile repeaters that can be self-installed without a licence. Today, it is consulting on the regulations that would allow it to introduce this change.

Ofcom is proposing to make the regulations technology-neutral, allowing the use of 5G repeaters as well as 2G, 3G and 4G devices, provided they meet certain technical requirements.

The consultation closes on 25 April 2022, and Ofcom plans to publish its decision in June 2022. To access the consultation, click here.