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800MHz band cleared by Digital UK - ready for nationwide 4G use
Since February 2012 Freeview multiplexes in some parts of the UK started moving to new frequencies to allow for the future roll-out of 4G mobile services. The process will complete on Wednesday, 31 July 2013.
The Government's clearance programme that has been co-ordinated by Digital UK has moved signals at more than 270 transmitters, serving 25 % of UK homes.
Digital UK CEO Sir David Scott says "Thanks to our experiences from switchover and the tremendous work of engineers at Arqiva, clearance will be completed ahead of schedule and has seen minimal disruption to viewers. From the end of this month airwaves will be clear for more mobile operators to deliver super-fast mobile broadband across the UK."
Ofcom estimates 4G services will provide at least ÃÂ£20bn in benefits to UK consumers over the next ten years. New mobile services are expected to become available in some areas from this summer.
Maria Miller (British Culture Secretary) said: "Delivering 4G quickly is a key part of the GovernmentÃ¢â¬â¢s plans to equip the UK to succeed in the global race. Completing the clearance of the 800MHz band means mobile companies can roll out their services across the UK and help deliver the ÃÂ£2-3 billion a year boost to the UK economy we anticipate from 4G.
"I am delighted the Government - working with Digital UK, mobile operators, TV broadcasters, and others Ã¢â¬â was able to agree to speed up the process for making this spectrum available."
More than two million people have used the Digital UK's advice line and website since the start of clearance: supporting viewers throughout the programme, providing local information and advice on retuning equipment to ensure viewers can continue to watch their favourite Freeviewchannels.
I have noticed that commercial channels can be very pixely not breaking up it only shows on movies like itv2,itv3, and film four.. only shows up on large screen plasma tv.. but dont notice it on standard crt tv via digibox....