Vodafone Italia, TIM, Wind to share LTE interference burden

Italy's Ministry of Economic Development will call upon mobile operators Vodafone Italia, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) and Wind to establish a fund to resolve any interference problems LTE services at 800 MHz cause to digital TV reception.

The ministry is ready to adopt regulations that will monitor DVB-T television reception issues, and will use the fund--financed 50 per cent by Wind with Vodafone and TIM contributing 25 per cent each--to fix reported problems, according to Corriere delle Comunicazioni.

Interference claims will be managed by Fondazione Ugo Bordoni (FUB), which will provide help desks and contact centres. "We have been ready to carry out the monitoring task since March 1, and we already have a complete map of potential interference areas," Alessandro Luciano, the president of FUB, told the Italian daily newspaper.

Wind will be required to pay 50 per cent towards interference issues due to acquiring 800 MHz  spectrum in the recent auction that were said to be "dirty frequencies," meaning they wer adjacent to TV transmission channels.

The interference risk maps have been prepared by FUB based upon timelines provided by the three operators as to their LTE deployment schedules.

For more:
- see this Corriere delle Comunicazioni article (translated via Google Translate)
- see this Telecom Paper article (sub.req.)

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