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Expecting 4G interference? Tests now show that you have a one in 300 chance

Remember the scare stories in the papers? Millions of homes will have problems when 4G starts... Even the Ofcom figures suggested 760,000 homes would have problems. The 4G tests suggest the just 90,000 homes will need to fit a filter.

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Looking back the the original posting, Ofcom moves to protect Freeview interference from 4G mobile, we can see the Ofcom suggested that:

Of the 16.3 million UK homes with a standard (unamplified, unshared) Freeview reception, 110,000 (0.67%) would be effected.

Of the 5.2 million homes using communal aerials systems, 550,000 (10.6%) will have problems.

Of the 5.6 million homes using amplified Freeview reception, 100,000 (1.8%) will experience problems.

Today, at800 have published the results of the tests in London, Brighton and Hove and York - at800 updates estimate of likely impact of 4G at 800 MHz on Freeview:

"Following tests conducted across the country, at800, the organisation responsible for protecting Freeview when 4G at 800 MHz is rolled out across the UK, has provided a new estimate of the likely scale of the impact. If national rollout reflects the results seen during its tests, at800 expects no more than 90,000 households, with Freeview as their primary TV service, to experience disruption caused by 4G at 800 MHz. Whatever the level of disruption, at800 is ready to restore Freeview to viewers.



at800 has now sent postcards to households in London and the surrounding areas in preparation for the activation of 4G at 800 MHz masts over the coming weeks and months. at800 is also sending postcards to other areas of the UK ahead of masts switching on. at800’s mailing does not mean that 4G services will be available to consumers. For information about the availability of 4G services, people should contact their mobile operators.

In London, in particular, Freeview received from the Crystal Palace transmitter is unlikely to be affected by mast activation because of the strong terrestrial television signal and its relatively large frequency separation from 4G at 800 MHz. However, at800 is sending postcards and running a publicity campaign to ensure anyone who does experience new disruption to their Freeview service knows how to get in touch."

So with 26.50 million TV households in the UK (see Monthly universe summary - BARB) 90,000 represents 0.340% of them - that's a ONE IN THREE HUNDRED chance.



It seems that you are most likely to need a filter if:

a) you are a long way from a high power Freeview transmitter; and

b) you are very close to a 4G mobile phone mast; and

c) you are using a booster.

That's good news for Freeview viewers.



If you have had a postcode from at800 - see Received a postcard from at800?



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Friday, 22 November 2013
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Ian from notts
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9:15 AM
Nottingham

K; It could be under "Default" or "Shipping Condition" ?
There should be one, cannot think of a TV, DVD recrder, Hardrive or any Box that doesn't have a reset built in?
Does it have a make n model number?

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k
5:18 PM

make and model . bush bfsat02sd . i cant find any default or reset button at all , just install from new at which i have tried with no signal what so ever . but like i said the tv works per normal .

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Monday, 25 November 2013
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Ian from notts
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2:11 PM
Nottingham

k- Have you tried a software upgrade? What does the signal show on the "system information" page ?

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Thursday, 28 November 2013
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k
8:11 PM

signal is zero and you cant do a software upgrade . i think its just the freesat box is no good its 2 years old . tried everything possible .

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k
8:14 PM

try weq4you . free 08 calls it works 100% on any mobile and NO charge . just download and it does everything for you

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Michael
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8:27 PM

k: What are you on about?

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Saturday, 30 November 2013
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Ste C
2:57 PM

Hi. Living in kearsley and lost all BBC channels a couple of weeks ago. Do I need a booster or something?

Get freeview which is inbuilt in my Samsung TV

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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Richard Dennes
5:15 PM

what has happened to my tv signal . I have no signal coming up on all channels. All was fine last night.
Yours Faithfully Richard Dennes.
Woodrow avenue
Holt
Norfolk
NR256TE

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m abbott
11:28 PM

Live in Hastings very close to the antenna. The last two evenings we have lost every channel baring 4 or 5. We normally get good reception having 3 tv's all with own aerials. Is this something to do with 4G ?. Help needed

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Thursday, 12 December 2013
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mr.k.w. carr
2:52 AM
Rhyl

The last 3 months I have been having trouble with Freeview channels the picture breaks up or I get on screen NO SIGNAL

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