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Ofcom announces 700 MHz clearance schedule 2017-20

To make way for new and better 4G data services for everyone's mobile devices, Ofcom has decided to change the Freeview system around starting in 2017.

More big changes are coming to Freeview.  Photograph: Shutterstock
More big changes are coming to Freeview. Photograph: Shutterstock
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Following on from the When will I get a new Freeview aerial because of even more mobile broadband?  article, this week Ofcom have published the dates for the “700MHz clearance”.[1]

 

New “Switchover” dates

The dates are for the transmitter regions (these main transmitters and the relays of them):

July-December 2017: Bressay, Eitshal (Lewis), Keelylang Hill, Knock More, Rosemarkie, Rumster Forest, Skriaig.

January-June 2018: Bromsgrove, Crystal Palace, Hannington, Lark Stoke, Midhurst, Oxford, Ridge Hill, Rowridge, Sandy Heath, Sutton Coldfield, Tacolneston, The Wrekin, Tunbridge Wells.

July -December 2018: Black Hill, Blaenplwyf, Bluebell Hill, Craigkelly, Darvel, Durris, Hastings, Heathfield, Llanddona, Long Mountain, Moel-Y-Parc, Preseli, Rosneath, Sudbury, Torosay, Whitehawk Hill.

January-June 2019: Beacon Hill, Caradon Hill, Fremont Point, Huntshaw Cross, Kilvey Hill, Mendip, Redruth, Stockland Hill, Wenvoe.

July -December 2019: Angus, Bilsdale, Brougher Mountain, Caldbeck, Caldbeck Scotland, Carmel, Chatton, Divis, Dover, Limavady, Pontop Pike, Selkirk.

January-June 2020: Belmont, Douglas, Emley Moor, Nottingham, Olivers Mount, Waltham, Winter Hill.

 

I have created an interactive map showing these regions and the dates:

 

Freeview HD allocations

 

Channel 55 and 56 will be used for the “interim” HD multiplex com7 and com8:

 

 

[1] Maximising the benefits of 700 MHz clearance Enabling acceleration of 700 MHz clearance and use of the 700 MHz centre gap 17th October 2016



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Comments
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
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Total spammer
11:53 PM Bristol

You desperately need to get some kind of abuse reporting tool on here; a comment posted on Sunday, 4 December 2016, which is clearly spam, with what is almost certainly a virus laden weblink, has still not been removed. You will get problems if you don't add such a feature.

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Not actually a spammer
11:58 PM Bristol

And a way to edit your posts might be nice!

*message in good spirit, just spotted that dodgy post on here and wanted to report it :)

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
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Chris
4:34 PM

I seem to have lost BBC HD NEWS 24 on 107 I retuned my Humax Freeview Box in fact both of them, the signal strength is 90% so its not the Freeview Boxes or the aerial that is at fault, any suggestions?

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StevensOnln1
5:06 PM

Chris: Retuning was a bad idea as you've just deleted the channel when it was already correctly tuned. What does the signal quality level show?

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