Mobile operators that win 4G spectrum in the 800MHz band auction will be forced to contribute to a £180m pot to cover the cost of resolving any interference for households whose digital TV signal is affected by 4G networks.
The 800MHz spectrum that will be used by some operators for 4G service sits next to the 700MHz band used for digital TV signals. This could cause interference between the two, disrupting television services for around 0.1 per cent of the population.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it expects operators that win a portion of the 800MHz spectrum to put forward a similar portion of the funding to help provide technologies such as filters that can be applied to televisions to overcome the problem
"Next generation mobile services are essential for economic growth. They will bring an estimated benefit of £2bn-£3bn to the UK economy," said internet minister Ed Vaizey.
"There will be some interference when 4G services are rolled-out but we will have the solutions in place to eliminate the disruption to television viewers."
The government added that for households where a simple filter does not solve the issue, a total of £10,000 will be available to find another workaround.
The funding will be managed by a company that will be created by the operators, currently codenamed Mitco, with Ofcom consulting on how this should be managed to ensure the funding is correctly allocated.
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