Tests to assess the impact of 4G mobile networks on digital television are said to disrupt TV signals in the south east of London next week.
EE currently provides 4G network, a service which increases mobile internet speeds, across numerous cities in the UK. EE’s 4G network operates in the 1,800MHz spectrum band, which is completely separate from Freeview’s 700MHz band.
Earlier this year, 4G network which operates in the 800MHz band was auctioned to companies such as o2 and Vodafone, which has led to concerns that 4G mobile network could interfere with Freeview’s 700MHz signals.
Freeview users in the south east of England, including areas such as Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets, have been told to record any disruption to their television service after April 15th, in order to ascertain the extent to which the 800MHz 4G spectrum could affect the service.
A similar bout of testing was completed in the Black Country in recent months, which only received 15 complaints out of the 17,000 Freeview users in the area. Whilst this may suggest that the impact of the 4G spectrum is limited on our television signal, a lack of responses doesn’t necessarily account for a lack of disruption. Therefore, the company carrying out the testing, at800, has encouraged users to alert them when any interferences are discovered.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel