4G ready to roll, but could cause interference problems
Nearly a million homes in the UK will need to have filters installed to prevent TV interference from 4G mobile signals, which will cost a tidy £108m to sort out.
Mercifully, these costs will be met by the winner of a spectrum auction later this year, where consultations are underway to see hold the spectrum will be used by mobile operators once airwaves are freed when the digital switchover finally resolves.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) told the BBC that the number of homes affected was likely to be in the 900,000 bracket, and that homes within range of transmitter towers will automatically have a filter issued. If the filter doesn't work, then you'll get a switch to satellite or cable, also covered in cost by the mobile operator.
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey says: "Next-generation mobile services are essential for economic growth. They will bring an estimated benefit of £2-3bn to the UK economy. There will be some interference when 4G services are rolled out but we will have the solutions in place to eliminate the disruption to television viewers."
Despite the idea that we won't get 4G until 2015, Everything Everywhere is trying to push ahead with LTE connections in 2012. CEO Olaf Swantee, says: “Everything Everywhere’s vision is to launch 4G for Britain as soon as possible, and the roll out of 3.5G HSPA+ and our 4G trials across Britain are major steps towards delivering on that promise.”
“There is a great opportunity for the UK to have the 21st Century network that it so deserves, putting the nation on a level playing field with other parts of Europe, the USA and Asia.”