Ofcom wants mobile operators to foot the bill for ensuring that the 800MHz spectrum, central to providing 4G mobile coverage in the UK, does not affect digital TV coverage, an issue the organisation estimates could affect up to 800,000 homes.
The problem comes from the delivery of digital TV in the channel 60 spectrum band, which sits adjacent to the 800MHz spectrum and could cause interference and signal degradation.
Ofcom explained in its consultation (PDF) that, while most viewers will not be affected, some three quarters of a million households could need filters fitted to their aerials to ensure services are not interrupted. The watchdog wants operators to cover these costs.
Ofcom estimates that the filters will cost around £10 each, and is considering setting up a consumer group to deal with this issue.
Around 0.1 per cent of those affected may need alternative connections to overcome the problem, possibly moving to fixed line TV services from the likes of Sky and Virgin Media.
Everything Everywhere and O2 said that they could not comment until more technical details are revealed, while Three and Vodafone had not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.
The consultation closes on 11 August, and feedback can be given through Ofcom's web site.
The auctions for 4G spectrum are expected to close by 2012. Any live networks are unlikely to be switched on until 2014, so those in affected areas should not have to worry about the issue for a couple of years.
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