Millions of TVs to be killed by Ofcom's spectrum shuffle?
There's been an announcement from Ofcom showing off ambitious plans to create a 'smart Britain'. They want to use the radio spectrum to improve industries like health and transport, which all sounds very nice and ambitious.
Steve Unger, Ofcom chief technology officer, said: "Spectrum is the raw material that will underpin the next revolution in wireless communications. In the future it won’t be just mobiles and tablets that are connected to the internet; billions of other things including cars, crops, coffee machines and cardiac monitors will also be connected, using tiny slivers of spectrum to get online."
However, this rejigging of the nation's airwaves means using resources that are used by our TVs, which means that 30% of the population could see their televisions becoming obsolete.
This is all planned for some time in 2018, which means that Ofcom need to make a plan about millions of TVs going awry, now. There was enough faffing around when the UK went from analogue to digital. If people are faced with buying more equipment to sort this out, there's going to be a lot of anger and people out of pocket.