Repeaters / Boosters / Enhancers

Mobile phone, or cell phone, repeaters (also known as boosters, enhancers or amplifiers) are marketed as a technology to improve mobile network coverage.

Mobile repeaters are classed as radio apparatus and their use in the UK is regulated by the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006. It is unlawful to install or use this type of radio apparatus unless:

  • that is done under and in accordance with a specific wireless telegraphy licence granted by Ofcom; or
  • Ofcom has made regulations exempting the installation or use from the requirement for a licence.

Ofcom has not granted any licences for the installation or use of repeaters nor made any exemption regulations.  The unlicensed installation and use of a repeater would put the user at risk of prosecution under the 2006 Act. If found guilty users can face a fine of up to £5,000 and up to a year in prison.

Some advertisers of repeaters may claim that their products are authorised for use in the UK, for more information see here.

All radio apparatus placed on the market or put into service in the UK must meet the requirements of the Radio Equipment and Telecommunications Equipment Regulations 2000, for more information see here.


March 2016