LTE interference to UK digital TV will cost £180M to fix

The UK government said £180 million will be collected from the forthcoming LTE auction to deal with the interference caused to digital TV services by LTE networks. To fix the problem, the UK authorities have said that most consumers experiencing digital TV interference will be able to switch to satellite TV or fit an appropriate RF filter. In extreme cases, the fund will spend up to £10,000 per household to find a solution. TV broadcasters across Europe have repeatedly raised their concerns that LTE base station transmissions might cause downlink interference to digital TV, with LTE handsets also being capable of causing disturbance to broadcast signals. Industry estimates have previously estimated the actual cost to remedy the problem would be £100 million to £120 million, with mobile operators expecting to split any underspend with the government. Article

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