Cellular mobile repeaters – a proposed regulatory approach
The public consultation period has now closed. The ACMA received 5 submissions to the discussion paper:
- AMTA / Communications Alliance (.doc)
- Communications Law Centre, UTS (.doc)
- Optus (.docx)
- SpectrumWise Radiocommunications Consulting (.docx)
The ACMA is seeking public comments on the proposed regulatory options for the supply of cellular mobile repeaters (repeater/s).
Repeaters are regularly used by mobile carriers as part of their ordinary network management. However, repeaters can also be used (illegally) by end-users without carrier permission. When used without carrier permission, repeaters can cause similar problems to those of mobile phone boosters, in that they have the capacity to cause substantial interference to the cellular network and consequentially may have an impact on mobile services, including access to emergency call services.
The discussion paper provides information on the existing regulatory arrangements that apply to repeaters, outlines the limitations of that framework, describes the policy outcomes the ACMA is seeking to achieve and presents options for regulating the supply of repeaters to achieve those policy outcomes.
The discussion paper invites comments on:
- The policy outcomes for mobile repeaters;
- The regulatory options identified in the paper;
- The impost on industry associated with the implementation of the identified options; and
- Any additional options that have not already been considered.
Interested parties are invited to make a submission on the discussion paper by close of business Friday, 21 October 2011.
Submissions should identify:
- the name of the party making the submission
- the organisation represented, if applicable
- contact details, including telephone, postal address and email address.
Submissions can be sent:
by email: email@example.com or
Technical Regulation Development Section
Australian Communications and Media Authority
PO Box 13112
Melbourne VIC 8010
Electronic submissions should be in MS Word format.
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In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives.
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