Re­peaters are il­le­gal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

PEO­PLE who buy or use il­le­gal mobile phone re­peaters could face two years jail or a $255,000 fine, Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion has warned. Re­peaters are used to im­prove sig­nal sta­bil­ity. Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sioner Anne Driscoll said un­less the re­peaters were ap­proved by an au­tho­rised telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider, they could put lives at risk. “While the re­peaters may boost a weak mobile sig­nal for the user, the un­li­censed de­vice could in­ter­fere with the mobile re­cep­tion of their neigh­bours and lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she said. “This could se­verely in­ter­rupt the op­er­a­tions of a lo­cal busi­ness or, at worst, pre­vent some­one from mak­ing a life-sav­ing emer­gency call.” In­for­ma­tion on this can be ob­tained from the Aus­tralian Communications and Me­dia Author­ity.

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