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Nextivity’s Cel-Fi Cell Booster is First to Comply with FCC Part 20

FCC certifies the digital-based Cel-Fi Smart Signal booster from Nextivity for T-Mobile subscribers under the new Part 20 Rule for carrier-specific boosters.


Cel-fi by Nextivity is the first carrier-specific cell signal booster that complies with the FCC's new Part 20 regulation for signal boosters.
Jason Knott · March 5, 2014

Nextivity Inc. has announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified its Cel-Fi Smart Signal booster for T-Mobile subscribers. Cel-Fi is the only carrier-specific booster that complies with the new Part 20 Rules (pdf) outlined in the FCC regulations guiding the use of consumer boosters on licensed spectrum, according to the company.

The new FCC Part 20 Rules for cell phone signal boosters addresses two different categories: carrier-specific boosters and wideband boosters. Carrier-specific signal boosters like Cel-Fi are designed to work on a specific carrier’s network, and have advanced network protection mechanisms. As a result, the FCC permits higher system gains of up to 100dB that can cover as much as a 13,000-square-foot building. Analog-based boosters are capped at 70dB gain (for 700Mhz) and 72dB (for 1.7/2.1Ghz).

“The inclusion of a carrier-specific category within the FCC’s new consumer booster guidelines is significant for our customers who value Cel-Fi’s higher gain and broad area of coverage. Our all-digital, 100 percent wireless, smart signal boosters are not only insanely simple to install, but also embody the most advanced technology in this market,” says Werner Sievers, CEO of Nextivity. Cel-Fi does not require any cables or antennas.

“Carriers know that the advanced technology built into our booster translates into a much greater area of signal coverage for their subscribers, fewer dropped calls, higher call quality, and faster data speeds, which in turn results in a significantly higher rate of customer retention and new customer acquisition,” he continues. “With the FCC certification in place for Cel-Fi, T-Mobile subscribers can continue to use Cel-Fi to address their indoor coverage issues once the new regulations come into effect.”

All signal boosters sold after April 30, 2014 must comply with the new FCC guidelines, which were recently extended. Cel-Fi for T-Mobile is available immediately from Cel-Fi.com and authorized partners. The San Diego-based company recently announced it is launching an authorized dealer program for CE pros.



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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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