York is the latest city to be used as a testing ground for 4G digital TV inference issues by the at800 organisation as pilots in London and Brighton continue.
The organisation is trying to determine if the 4G switch on at 800MHz frequency will cause homes to lose their digital TV signal that sits in the 700MHz band.
In the latest tests in York, 10,000 homes will be sent postcards explaining the operation and asking for any problems to be reported to the organisation. Any affected home will be given a free filter to stop interference.
Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive of at800 said: “The testing in York will help us further refine our approach, alongside the tests we’ve conducted and which continue in Brighton. We urge those viewers in York who receive a postcard, and who see new problems with their Freeview reception, to call us.”
To date very few issues have been reported with the tests that have been carried out. Tests in London returned no issues at all while only 15 were reported in the West Midlands after tests there earlier this year.
The Freeview organisation welcomed this news at the time, with managing director Ilse Howling hoping it was a sign that any disruptions around the UK would be minimal.
Howling said: “We are encouraged that the London pilots appear to have caused little inconvenience to Freeview viewers. More tests are necessary to ascertain the impact of 4G in a variety of geographical areas and under different test conditions.”
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