Despite a Ban, GSM Boosters are Readily Available at Online Stores, Open Market

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In spite of having been outlawed by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, GSM signal boosters are readily available everywhere including some renowned e-commerce stores like Daraz, PakWheels, DealMarkaz, DesertCart, and more.

Taking notice of unrestricted sale and use of illegal GSM signal boosters, PTA warned against the import, sale, and use of GSM boosters, amplifiers, and repeaters in August last year. Banning the devices, the authority had clarified that only Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) were allowed to import GSM boosters and install them at mobile users’ premises.

GSM Signal Boosters can land you in jail

Akin to illegal water pumps that siphon water from pipelines, or gas pumps that boost suction for increased pressure, GSM boosters illegally gobble bandwidth, causing major disruption to mobile signals. While improving connectivity for a few, these sub-standard signal boosters cause interference with mobile networks’ frequency bands, deteriorating service quality for countless others.

In one notice, PTA had warned all importers, distributors, sellers, and users of GSM boosters to refrain from import, distribution, sale, and use of these devices or face legal action in light of Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organization) Act 1996.

According to Section 31, Sub-section (2) of the Act, “the unauthorised use of the radio frequency spectrum shall be punishable with imprisonment, which may extend to (three) years, or with fine which may extend to Rs10 million, or with both.”

Sellers take the directives for granted

A copy of PTA’s legal notice was sent to different markets where signal boosters were being sold to the public. The authority had ordered an immediate halt to such illegal practice and all leading e-commerce portals were to follow suit by banning the sale of such equipment.

But GSM boosters look like such a profitable business that the biggest and most reputable e-commerce stores in Pakistan seem to have shown little regard for the repeated PTA directives. It’s high time that the authorities ensured enforcement of the law and took serious notice of the unhindered sale of illegal GSM boosters.

PTA also ought to wake up and take decisive action to uproot this menace and quash the illegal import, sale, and use of GSM boosters, instead of issuing mere verbal intimidations.

  • PTA should focus on improving cellular coverage and quality/consistency of service so that signal boosters aren’t needed anymore.

  • pta is at fault… there is no total Pakistan 4g service, a phone keeps on connecting to 2g then 3g then 4g towers to get better coverage. this all results in a bad experience and loss of battery life. PTA should first re-arm spectrum from 2g and 3g to 4g or 5g to improve service instead of asking international bhata khoors for spectrum auction.

    • PTA should ban 2G and 3G services in Pakistan ASAP they are battery hog because phones keep on switching for better signals and thus disconnect from 4G towers. If there will be no 2G and 3G phones would keep on 4G signals only this will increase the battery life and people wont need such boosters. I do not understand why PTA wants to ban boosters as they should be more concerned about jammers instead.

  • despite improving security system, Govt ban all essential which are useful for business signal booster play vital role in big offices, they should issue NOC to some companies so they can legally sale it

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