4/4/2013 4:02:39 PM
4G barely interfering with television signals, says operator JV
The first tests to see whether the switch to 4G would interfere with Freeview signals have been deemed a success, with only a handful of households affected.
The joint venture, at800, is funded by each of Britain's four operators and works on ensuring the speeded up roll-out of 4G will not affect digital television signals. A pilot scheme was recently completed in Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis in the west Midlands, which covered 22,000 households. It was predicted that 120 houses would be affected, but only 15 households had interference with their television signal because of 4G. A second period of testing, covering a much denser population area, will be announced shortly.
Simon Beresford-Wylie, CEO of at800, said 'This was a useful, small-scale test. We’ll now improve our forecast model and look at the approach we use to tackle the issues we’ve seen. Further extensive evaluation will occur during April and May as masts are switched on for tests across larger urban areas.'
Author: Graeme Neill