Brighton to rock Freeview 4G interference test

Editor | 04-05-2013
Brighton has become the latest trial area in at800’s quest to find whether Freeview DTT are affected by LTE 4G transmissions in the 800MHz frequency range.
The city by the sea on the south coast of England has been selected by the organisation responsible for maintaining Freeview signal integrity as in the test area the DTT service is transmitted on frequencies that are particularly close to the 800MHz frequencies used for new 4G services.
The test will be of great interest to local residents given that in Brighton and its surrounding conurbations the nearby South Downs have presented geographic challenges to TV reception in general. Typical mobile phone signal quality is also patchy in the region.
“The hilly terrain in Brighton – which can affect TV signals – coupled with Freeview being transmitted on frequencies very close to 4G at 800MHz will make this a very useful trial,” explained Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive of at800. “We urge viewers in Brighton to call us should they see any new problems with their Freeview reception.”
Approximately 80,000 addresses in Brighton are being sent a postcard explaining that 4G will be activated in their area. Of these, 2,424 households will also be sent an at800 filter before the trial begins. This connects between the existing TV aerial cable and the television or Freeview box and is designed to block 4G at 800MHz.
The trial will also be the first time at800 provides specific support to the elderly or those with a disability. The former is a huge issue for the surrounding Brighton area given the preponderance of retirement homes dotted around that part of Sussex. at800 says that it will provide additional support to the elderly or people with a disability via a home visit service.