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4G launch could cause problems for millions of TV sets across UK

Approximately 2.3 million homes across the UK are likely to be affected by serious TV signal interference when 4G superfast mobile broadband becomes more popular.

Only EE (T-Mobile and Orange) has 4G services for now but Three, O2 and Vodafone are expected to join in later this year.

Worse even, concerns are rising that about 40,000 households could lose their TV signals altogether due to this signal-interference issue. This lack of preparation by the authorities has been thrashed by many concerned individuals on multiple forums.

It is worth mentioning here that no public-awareness message or advertising has been issued to warn about this problem. This is happening because the new 4G spectrum's bandwidth is too close to that used by Freeview - the widely popular digital terrestrial TV platform.

According to some reports, the problem can only be solved by installing a filter. Affected householders will need to book a visit by an expert and have that installed, which will be free of charge but those with more than one television set will have to pay £5 for each additional filter.

DMSL, the agency responsible for monitoring the launch, is said to be working on setting up a dedicated call center as well as a website in order to support the affected customers.