UNAUTHORISED USE OF MOBILE NETWORK REPEATERS OR SIGNAL BOOSTERS

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) was established under Section 4 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 to regulate the communications sector in Uganda.
The Commission has received complaints from the national telecommunications operators about interference caused by the unauthorized use of repeater stations (also known as boosters) aimed at boosting the mobile network signals.
The unauthorized repeater stations amplify the radio signal noise environment, thus causing signal interference to mobile networks of the duly licensed network operators, which affects the quality of service of the affected network.
Section 21 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 stipulates that:
A person shall not, without a licence issued by the Commission—
(a) establish or use any radio station or provide radio communication services;
(b) sell, let, hire or otherwise dispose of any radio communications apparatus;
(c) manufacture, possess, install, connect, or operate any radio communications apparatus or interference-causing apparatus.
Therefore, the use of network repeaters contravenes the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and regulations issued thereunder. The public is hereby warned against the unauthorised sale, purchase, installation, and use or operation of repeater stations/devices except where a licensed mobile network operator provides and configures such for use.
Please note that UCC is conducting enforcement against the unauthorized sale, purchase, installation, and use or operation of such devices with the aim of prosecuting offenders.