The United Kingdom has begun the process of implementing the new “Everything Everywhere” nationwide 4G network despite concerns about its interference with digital TV provider Freeview. The new 4G mobile services will occupy the 800 MHz spectrum band alongside the 700MHz spectrum band occupied by Freeview.
Experts theorize that approximately 2.3 million homes are expected to be affected by image distortion and channel loss as a result of interference with the new 4G network. Homes within range of the 4G base stations are expected to experience more severe interference.
In an effort to assist those affected, the UK government has set aside £180 million; each household will have the choice of receiving a filter to block the 4G signal or £50 towards a professional refit.
Three of the UK’s major mobile operators have also formed an alliance to help limit the impact of 4G services on digital television reception by providing information and help to consumers and assisting them with a platform change if necessary.