Current mobile phone licences in Ireland only require MNOs (mobile network operators) to provide coverage for up to 90% of the population, with no geographical coverage stipulation. As a result, the country has many mobile ‘blackspots’ and away from densely populated areas, reliable 4G coverage is moderate at best.
To address Ireland’s ongoing mobile coverage problem, which is being exacerbated by changing mobile phone usage habits, The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), has embarked on a rigorous publicity campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of mobile signal booster technology further to a change in the mobile repeater laws governing their usage in June last year.
The regulator has asked Nextivity Inc, developers of next-generation mobile repeater technology, along with other suppliers to support their campaign. Apart from being fully compliant with the new ComReg specification, Cel-Fi by Nextivity is the only product range in the UK that satisfies Ofcom’s mobile repeater licence exemption specification, making it legal to use on all mobile 3G and 4G networks across the British Isles.
“Purchasing and installing repeater devices that are not EU approved and compliant with the new specification issued by ComReg last June can cause harmful interference to operators’ networks, resulting in loss of service for consumers. They are also illegal to possess. A full list of compliant solutions and installers can be found on the ComReg website.” Karl Craine, Radio Spectrum Engineer, ComReg.
The strength of a signal received on a mobile phone usually depends on how close that phone is to a mobile network mast. If a phone call is initiated indoors, the signal strength is often significantly weaker because building materials and insulation impede mobile signal transmission, sometimes blocking 3G and 4G signals completely.