The UK switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial television, which will free up capacity for 4G services, has finally been completed.
The completion marks a critical stage in the launch of 4G services in the UK, allowing Ofcom to start the process of auctioning the 'digital dividend', the airwaves previously occupied by analogue television.
Ofcom chief executive, Ed Richards, said: ‘The UK’s switchover to digital has been a huge success. Not only has it created more TV choice for consumers, it has also freed up vital capacity that will be used to deliver mobile broadband services to 98% of cities, towns and villages across the UK.
'Now that switchover is complete, Ofcom is looking forward to delivering the 4G auction as the next step in delivering new higher speed mobile broadband services.’
The switchover to digital terrestrial television marks the end of more than 70 years of analogue broadcasting.
Over the past five years, the UK’s five national analogue TV channels have been switched off and replaced with over 70 digital channels. The process has been run by Digital UK, broadcasters and transmission company Arqiva.
Northern Ireland is the final region to broadcast analogue TV, switching to digital television today (23 October).
Editor: Carol Millett