Improving mobile coverage - Enabling the benefits of consumer installed mobile repeaters

18 March 2016

In this  document we set out a recommended way forward for enabling consumers and  businesses to benefit from the future use of mobile repeaters in improving  mobile coverage where it is needed. We anticipate that the future use of these  devices could play an important role, in particular in helping improve coverage  inside buildings, vehicles, trains; and in more remote rural locations.

The  recommended approach is based on industry stakeholders submitting to Ofcom  devices whose use is not likely to involve undue interference to other mobile  users. This would open the way for Ofcom to identify repeaters of particular  descriptions that could be used by consumers in the UK on a licence exempt  basis.

Ofcom is  now actively working with mobile repeater manufacturers and UK network  operators to determine a set of technical parameters that could potentially  enable the introduction of regulations for user installed licence exempt mobile  signal repeaters.

Ofcom will provide further updates as this  project progresses.