Operator JV finds no 4G-Freeview TV interference


A JV between O2,Vodafone, EE and Three has found 4G mobile services do not affect Freeview TV signals when run on the same spectrum band

Operator joint venture at800 has found 4G mobile services running on the 800MHz band do not interfere with Freeview TV signals.

Tests carried out by the JV in south east and west London confirmed there were no problems with 4G sharing the same band as the TV service.

at800 said similar results could be expected across the UK. It is currently running trials of 4G at 800MHz in Brighton.

Chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie said: “London is a big and important market for 4G services and also has millions of Freeview viewers. Clearly it was essential for the broadcasters and the mobile operators that we run trials in London before a rollout of 4G at 800 megahertz.

“Whilst it seems unlikely that there will be issues for the vast majority of television viewers in the capital, we will remain alert to any possible interference when rollout commences.”

Freeview managing director Ilse Howling said: “We are encouraged that the London pilots appear to have caused little inconvenience to Freeview viewers. More tests are necessary to ascertain the impact of 4G in a variety of geographical areas and under different test conditions. We will continue to work with at800 and ensure any disruption to Freeview viewers is kept to a minimum.”