Ofcom to bump Freeview in favour of 4G
Ofcom have come up with yet another idea in a bid to get some 4G in our faces. And this time, it involves our televisions. That's right, they plan to bump Freeview down into the 600MHz space no-one wants, so people buying the new iPad will be able to get 4G.
This comes with the rise in mobile data consumption and Ofcom's proposals are based on smartphone users multiplying their consumption by as much as 300 times in the next decade.
Basically, cutting out all the boring stuff from Ofcom's proposals, US made gadgets running 4G use the same frequency that we're currently watching television on. So, if we see TV shunted down a notch, we'll see American gadgets working over here.
While this sounds like a faff, it is a better option that the other consideration from Ofcom which would've seen us with a reduction in TV channels by half. That could mean Challenge getting scrapped and no more re-runs of Bullseye! And that's an appalling notion. There's another idea of switching the broadcast of TV completely, instead, going entirely online with it. However, even in 20 year's time, broadband may not be as omnipresent as some of us may think.
Either way, Ofcom are looking at the ways we can juggle our network early, to plan for the future. Apart from absolutely everyone agreeing that BBC Three should go away and die, what do you think should be done with the spectrum?
The Reg have a copy of Ofcom's proposals in a PDF. Click here to read it if you like. Be warned though - it is criminally dull.