Coexistence of new services in the 800 MHz band with digital terrestrial TV

 As we identified in 2012/13, the next generation of mobile services will bring with them many benefits, and it is important that we maximise these new resources for consumers. However, it is vital that any potential problems for existing Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) viewers are identified and that consumers and citizens are protected. The rollout of new services in the 800 MHz band means that there could be an interference risk for up to 2.3 million households. This could mean lost reception of one or more DTT television channels, either for some or all of the time or, at worst, lost reception of all DTT TV channels. The underlying principle of intervention should, the Panel suggests, be that viewers who currently receive a DTT service will continue to do so or be enabled to access an equivalent service following the rollout of new 4G services without suffering significant financial detriment, the loss of their TV channels for an unacceptable period of time, and/or undue inconvenience.

Specific Objective

To help ensure minimum disruption and maximum protection for affected consumers (particularly the most vulnerable) by engaging with the work being undertaken by Ofcom and by Digital Mobile Spectrum Ltd and the Oversight Board in this area, emphasising consumers’ needs and the provision of appropriate support and information.

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