Minister Boutros Harb speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Monday, May 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb Wednesday announced a crackdown on illegal signal jammers and repeaters that interfere with mobile phone reception and said telecoms would shift to microwave transmission.In addition to jammers and repeaters installed in various buildings that have affected the performance of the network in general, Harb cited multiple other factors degrading the quality of Lebanon's cell coverage, inluding radio signals emitted by security forces or U.N. peacekeepers, Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty and lengthy power outages.Many Lebanese households illegally install jammers and repeaters on top of their buildings to enhance the reception of their communication devices, and this ultimately affects the quality of mobile calls in Lebanon, according to some telecom experts.
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