4G Has Arrived but at What Cost?

The long awaited arrival of 4G Internet to the UK is here, and there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the ultra fast mobile Internet, but what’s the cost? Basic actions are getting ironed out and the process testing finalised to open up an 800 Mhz spectrum which will be the official announcement of 4G mobile being available. While great for those living off of their phones and smart devices, it turns out there might be some serious consequences for those Brits still holding on to old TV reception.

Why is this?

Well in those flats and homes that are immediately adjacent to the new transmitters, it turns out that the same spectrum that will handle 4G can end up interfering with analog interference. Early estimates are that as many as 2.5 million households could be affected by the interference and while in theory a proper back filter could help or even solve the problem, critics wonder if the 180 million GBP allocated to a transition fund is nearly enough. There are also questions about if the solution works on multi-tele homes or not.

Simulations have been a bit mixed but in many simulations performed by Televes, where 4G signals are strong conventional TV reception is not only interfered with but in many cases is outright impossible without some really serious set amplifications, filters, and more. Based on some tests, the filters that are the main point of that transition fund will not be nearly enough in many cases.

These are projections, however it is important to note that the number of problems indicates that for those watching TV the old fashioned way, the arrival of 4G could be a very serious issue to the point of making TV reception impossible in many areas.

While only time and real world experiences will tell, there’s no denying the likelihood of potential issues that are going to be popping up based on early reports which is why filter producers and TV reception specialists are poised to be hit with a lot of business very soon.