Nearly a Million Households in UK would Need Filters to Tackle 4G TV Interference

Around a million households in the UK may need to install filters in order to prevent 4G mobile signals from interfering with TV signals, new reports suggest. In addition, a much smaller number of households - presumably somewhere around 10,000 - will be compelled to switch their cable or satellite TV connections in order to avoid inferior picture quality.

All those households who fail to receive these two alternative platforms, will be compensated with up to £10,000 each in order to "find a solution". All the expenditures for these proposed alternatives will have to be borne by the winner of the 4G spectrum auction to be held later in the running year.

As a matter of fact, it was revealed by the telecom regulator Ofcom last year that almost 760,000 households are likely to be affected with the introduction of 4G networks in the country. However, latter the Department for Culture, Media and Sport claimed that the figure could go all the way up to somewhere around 900,000.

All these concerns are being raised as the Long Term Evolution spectrum, "particularly on 800Mhz, overlaps part of the DTT spectrum," as told by Saverio Romeo, an industry analyst from Frost & Sullivan, BBC News reports.

"The closer you are to a base station, the more disruptive the interference", he added.