The objective was to take down illegal mobile signal repeaters. In Delhi alone, 32 illegal repeaters were removed and 46 notices were given to remove the identified ones with immediate effect. They conducted raids in Karol Bagh where such illegal equipment is being sold.
The department may also decide to impose heavy penalties on sellers of this illegal equipment. As per COAI (the body that represents leading telcos), the DoT along with the authorities have served notices and may impose heavy fines on owners of several premises.
As reported, on the request of the COAI, several e-commerce players stopped the sale of such illegal network boosters on their platforms. As per COAI, illegal mobile signal repeaters have become a major nuisance and are one of the biggest reasons for customers facing network issues like call drops and low data speeds.
COAI said: "The repeaters are installed by individuals and establishments at homes, offices, PG Guest houses to boost mobile signals. These illegal equipment interfere with mobile networks, impacts signal quality and degrades network experience in the complete area."