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First 4G test shows fewer problems with TV reception than forecast

4 April 2013

The results of the first live test of the effect of 4G superfast mobile broadband services on TV reception have shown fewer problems than forecast. A test carried out for at800, which manages 4G and Freeview coexistence, and covering about 22,000 homes in the West Midlands, showed problems in only 15 households attributable to 4G broadcasting at 800MHz, against a forecast of 120 households. A filter that blocks 4G signals at 800 MHz from reaching TV tuners resolved the problems seen by viewers when installed.

at800, the organisation responsible for ensuring that people continue to receive free-to-air television when 4G mobile services operating at 800MHz are launched, will continue testing in the coming months before the launch of 4G services at 800MHz later in 2013.

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Notes to editors:

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA) represents the four UK mobile network operators – EE (EE, Orange & T-Mobile), Telefonica UK, Three UK, and Vodafone – on radio frequency (RF) health and safety, and related town planning issues associated with the use of mobile phone technology. It provides information on these issues to policy-makers, including elected representatives and officials at UK, national, and local level, journalists, residents’ groups, and the wider public.

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4. at800 is the consumer brand of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), the organisation responsible for ensuring people continue to receive free-to-air television when 4G mobile services operating at 800 MHz are launched. The organisation is funded by the UK mobile operators with 800 MHz spectrum allocations to provide 4G services - EE, Telefónica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone.

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