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Former NSN chief to lead 4G-TV interference group

11 Feb 2013
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The organisation set up to tackle TV interference from new 4G spectrum services has taken another step forward with the appointment of a new chief executive.

The Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL) organisation has been formed to ensure homes that could be see their digital TV services, that run in the 700MHz band, will not be affected by 4G spectrum that will come online in the 800MHz band if crossover occurs.

This will involve the fitting of filters that can block out the signals, and this could cost between £20 and £150 per time. As such, funding of £180m has been put aside for the issue.

On Monday, the organisation announced that Simon Beresford-Wylie has been appointed chief executive, and he announced his intention to begin by focusing on the 800MHz issue as soon as possible.

"DMSL plans to pre-empt the majority of potential interference issues caused by 4G at 800MHz and existing TV services," he said.

"We're focused on being able to provide anyone who may be affected with the information and equipment they'll need to ensure they continue to receive free-to-air TV."

Beresford-Wylie was the former chief executive of smart meter company Elster Group, helping see it through its initial public share offering in 2010. He was helped lead the formation of mobile broadband firm Nokia Siemens Networks, and worked as as its chief executive from 2007 to 2009.

The DSML is currently managed by EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, the four main telecoms operators.

This makeup could change after the 4G auctions, though, as any new firms that win spectrum will also form part of its management. This could include BT which is involved in the bidding process.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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