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4G battles Freeview for spectrum

logo-freeview.pngAs an avid Freeview user, here’s a new thing to worry about…interference from 4G wireless comms wiping out reception.

An interesting article on Recombu considers how the imminent rollout of 4G on the 800MHz spectrum could hobble Freeview broadcast signals. It reports The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – Ed Vaizey, confirming figures that indicate 1.9 million UK homes could be affected.

Thomas Newton writes:

The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, responding to questions from MPs John Mann and Anna Soubry about the 4G/Freeview face-off said that:

“Ofcom estimated that the number of households using signal amplifiers was 9 million of which up to 945,000 could be affected and the number of households using a communal aerial system was 5.6 million of which up to 953,000 households who use communal aerial systems could be affected.” This works out at 1,898,000 homes which stand to lose access to Freeview.

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Apparently, apartments with a single master aerial are among the likely affected. Yes, that’s me…

Tags: 6 million, freeview, john mann, spectrum, thomas newton

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