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New proposals to help people boost indoor mobile signals

Published: 19 May 2021
Last updated: 29 June 2023

People who struggle to get a good mobile signal indoors will be able to buy a wider range of devices to help improve the signal they can achieve, under new proposals published by Ofcom today.

Indoor mobile repeaters – sometimes referred to as ‘signal boosters’ are devices used to amplify a mobile signal, and can be used in residential properties.

In 2018 we authorised the use of mobile repeaters, provided they met certain technical requirements.

We are now proposing to amend those requirements, to increase the range of devices that people would be able to buy and use legally. As well as providing more choice for people looking to boost their indoor mobile signal this could also potentially bring down the cost of devices.

We are also consulting on proposals to make it easier for people to see which devices meet the technical requirements and which are therefore legal to buy. This would help to prevent people buying illegal devices, which can cause harmful interference with other wireless equipment.

The consultation closes at 5pm on 28 July 2021.

In the meantime, if you want to find out how to improve your indoor mobile coverage, our guide could help.

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