The degree of digital television interference brought on by new 4G mobile broadband networks won’t be as bad as expected, the group established to fix problems claimed after tests.

Just 15 households out of 22,000 in the West Midlands test area reported disruption to their own TV signal whilst a dummy 4G mast was started up between Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis in the Black Country within the last two weeks of March.Computer models had predict 120 homes would be impacted.

 

Simon Beresford-Wylie, leader of at800, said: This was a helpful, small-scale test. Further extensive evaluation will occur throughout April and May as masts are started up for tests across larger cities.

Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited conducted the test. It brands by itself as at800 and was setup by Britain’s four mobile networks as a situation of their 4G operating licences, which were granted in February.

The company intends to distribute filters as 4G networks are started up around the country, which it states will resolve the issues for most households.

The networks because of be switched on this summer will work with the 800MHz frequency band next to the digital terrestrial television signal.

In July this past year Ofcom predicted that as many as 2.3 million households might lose some or all of their digital television reception as the 4G networks are presented.
Homes near 4G base stations are more inclined to be affected. Those who share an aerial will also be more likely to see some disruption.
Every thing Everywhere presently has a 4G network in operation however it runs at 1800MHz, meaning it doesn’t affect digital television.