the c.Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a show-cause notice to a house owner in the F-11 Sector of Islamabad for the installation of illegal use of a mobile signal booster.
The Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) identifies the booster while routine monitoring.
According to the notice, the violation was spotted in Islamabad’s F-11 sector during routine monitoring by the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB). Subsequently, the authority tasked with assigning the Radio Frequencies with associated technical parameters for all wireless networks.
The notice stressed that GSM amplifiers are illegal and cause interference to the authorized frequency. Moreover, which is in contravention to prevailing legal regulatory regime and violation of Pakistan Telecommunication Re-Organization Act, 1996.
The citizen was warned to stop the use of the GSM signal booster and hand over the same to PTA/FAB team. In the case of non-compliance within three working days, the case will forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the notice warned.
Moreover, in its notice, PTA has also demanded the user to provide details of the shop/outlet where the device was purchased. PTA will do ‘for further necessary action’ at its end.
It is pertinent to mention that mobile phone users are facing disruption in-network services. Certainly, due to the illegal installation of amplifiers and signal boosters. Mobile phone users say that the illegal installation of amplifiers and signal boosters in major cities like Islamabad and Lahore has become a major cause of concern. Furthermore, such gadgets are leading to poor quality of network services.
Violators use the spectrum granted to telecom companies for free through illegal equipment, which leads to performance degradation, misinterpretation & loss of information besides posing a risk to human health and security due to high radiofrequency usage.
Why the use of GSM not allowed?
The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) strictly prohibits the use of GSM boosters. However, anyone found importing, distributing, or using such products can find themselves facing legal action as per the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996 (the Act).
According to the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organisation) Act 1996,
“unauthorized use of radio frequency spectrum is punishable with imprisonment of (3) years, or with a maximum fine of Rs. 10 million, or with both.”
Only mobile operators are allowed by PTA to import GSM boosters and install them at mobile users’ premises. Through repeated public notices, the authority is communicating the same to citizens to keep them safe. Especially from any legal troubles. While preventing mobile network disruptions caused by these devices.
Mobile phone users say that authorities concerned must accelerate action against the culprits. That includes importers, distributors, and sellers of such devices to safeguard the interest of network users. Hence, their extensive residential use disrupts the wireless interface.
Apart from imposing fines on users and sellers. Certainly, there is a need for public awareness to address the situation.
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