4G TV Interference 'For 2.3m Homes'
New 4G mobile phone networks could cause TV interference to some 2.3 million households, a senior MP has warned.
John Whittingdale, chairman of the influential Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, says the Government needs to act to alert people to the risk.
The problem centres on 4G services using the 800mhz band of the radio spectrum, which used to be used for television, and is most likely to affect homes with Freeview.
Conservative MP Mr Whittingdale told Sky News for iPad: "The problem with that is that it is going to cause quite a lot of interference to people who use Freeview and we estimate that something like 2.3 million households could find that their reception of Freeview is affected by the new 4G service."
He said there were concerns about the 4G roll-out, despite Government plans to provide a plug-in filter for the TV in some affected households or vouchers to pay for technicians to adjust rooftop aerials.
He said: "They're only going to supply one filter, so if you have more than one television set you may have to go out and buy the others.
"But also the timescale in which this is happening is very short. It's going to start happening probably about June next year and at the moment it seems as if almost no-one is aware of it, so the Government is going to have to move very quickly to make people aware that this is going to happen."
Meanwhile, a new study warns that another Christmas without a universal 4G service will cost the UK economy £120m in lost sales.
The report by online auction site eBay claims a nationwide roll-out of 4G would have boosted sales from £373m to £493m.
More than half of consumers (55%) plan to use their mobile to browse the web this Christmas, while 39% say they will use their device to get gift ideas and check prices.
eBay.co.uk said the top three barriers preventing consumers from shopping on their mobiles were slow connection speeds, payments timing out and network reliability - all problems that could be reduced by 4G.
EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, has started to launch its range of 4G products and services in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Southampton and Manchester.
The network, which offers speeds up to five times faster than 3G, will be available on the Apple iPhone 5, as well as devices from HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei.
Clare Gilmartin, vice president of eBay Marketplaces Europe, said: "Mobile devices have become virtual stores in our pockets, giving us the ability to shop anytime, anywhere.
"But for consumers, it's critical that the experience is quick, seamless and simple."
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Yes Darren, and by not buying it they can probably spend more on Christmas anyway. ''Study experts'', good news, we still have shops and PC's !
Darren people will pay for it even if they can not afford or need it We live in a must have society to keep up with the fashion and many will get into debt to remain fashionable
Only if they can be released from their existing contracts, Michael. Don't forget it's only on one network for quite a while yet. Could cost them a small fortune.
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The treasury has already lost duty and vat on lost sales of beer (117million pints which equates to £117,000,000 through their greed. Now they want to lift it by another £1 per pint in duty and vat ! Do they think they will recover the sum they have already lost? No, they will lose more More pubs to close. More ex-staff on benefits, Lost p.a.y.e Lost vat from suppliers. Lost tax from pubs and suppliers as they close or turnover drops We can all hear the Golden Goose going squark squark as the treasury chase it with their axe Cameron, you really have lost control of the basics. Get the sales volume back up man. Keep the pubs open and staff in jobs
Shops, now there's a novelty ! Maybe we could use them to buy stuff and employ people, and earn revenue from PAYE and VAT. And to be able to afford to go to a pub, have your drink served to you, have a chat, watch the footie, buy a ham sandwich WOW !!! Government ministers should investigate the possibility of making these new-fangled ideas a reality !
Its been fine as it was for the last god knows how many years...
unfortunately this INEPT GOVERNMENT WILL COST THIS COUNTRY FAR, FAR MORE THAN THAT!!
Can you think of any government in the last 20 years that has n't been inept?
i like 3g im in no rush
The ever increasing greed of big business if 4g was out two months ago then they would say it came out to early if they delayed it it would boost Christmas sales its all about MONEY MONEY MONEY
I might be thick, but I don't get it ! How does the economy lose 120 million by not having something that it's never had anyway ? If people consider that they can afford something, they will buy it through whatever medium is available. If they can't, they won't buy it, and nothing changes. You only need a phone to call and text, bah humbug !
In the report it states government will have to supply filters 1 only you'll have to buy extra or re alinement vouchers, why should the tax payer have to foot the bill at all. The companies which want to bring us 4G should be footing the bill for all your TV's and anything else it may effect. It does not state if radio's or car entertainment may suffer as well.
If its running on the same frequency as freeview then radios etc SHOULD be fine..... In theory
Unbelievable 3g works well when it works. Filters for freeview viewers? ? It sounds like a joke!! We're they so desperate to launch the service no one thought about a conflicting bandwidths ? Oblivious not. Stick to 3g its fairly reliable
Most people can access wifi these days so why we need 4g I do not know :-/. Money money money in this country!
Yes, load of fuss about nothing. You'd think they'd have found out how to make petrol for 20p a litre out of old newspapers the way they're carrying on !
Techno-heads, get over it ! 4G won't be big in time to seriously boost the Christmas economy. It will only be available on one network for some time yet, people on other networks will find that it will cost them a lot of money to get out of their existing contracts. It's always been difficult to do so, they're going to be twice as stubborn now ! Not to mention the teething troubles already mentioned.