Mobile Networks Work to Plug Freeview Interference Hole Before Full 4G Launch

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's mobile networks have come together to help speed up the 4G launch in the UK, getting the team in place to sort out the potential nationwide nightmare of Freeview TV interference when the next-gen mobile service becomes more widespread.

EE, Telefonica O2, Vodafone and Three have all agreed to put some money in the pot to help sort out the problem of 4G interference with Freeview TV signals, creating a company called MitCo that'll liaise with consumers and deal with poor old ladies who suddenly find their TVs have stopped working when the LTE masts go live.

The Freeview TV interference issue will only impact on users when the 800MHz spectrum services go live, so the EE launch later this month, which uses the 1800MHz signal range, won't cause any problems.

The rather low-tech solution to the 4G Freeview interference issue is the installation of a filter to some TV aerial lines in effected areas. Some £180m has been put aside to help deal with the problem. [Ofcom]