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The UK is to implement a 'light licence' regime to authorise the use of GNSS repeaters.

Within the last couple of weeks - and after extensive consultation - the UK regulator Ofcom has indicated that it is to permit the use of repeaters to convey Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals into buildings. They have been banned for some years.

Repeaters are able to receive signals from the likes of GPS and GLONASS and retransmit them into an indoor space - before they were banned, the Institute had occasionally employed repeaters at the likes of NAV conferences to facilitate 'live' demonstrations of GNSS receivers.

The authorisation applies only to GNSS repeater systems operating in frequency ranges of 1,164-1,215 MHz, 1,215-1,300 MHz and 1,559-1,610 MHz, covering all satellite navigation bands. It specifically does not relate to other technologies such as mobile phones or WiFi, where unauthorised use of repeaters can be a criminal offence.

Details of licences will include:
- a licence fee of £75
- use of multiple installations at one address permitted
- use at fixed locations only - mobile use not authorised
- only for use indoors

It is expected that licences will be issued from the end of July 2012.

Details from Ofcom below.

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