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UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference 94

judgecorp writes "4G services could interfere with terrestrial TV in the UK, so the government plans to offer one free filter for every household affected by the issue. The analysis suggests that 2.3 million households could be affected, but many of those have cable or satellite TV, so the plan might only need a million filters (each household only gets one, even if they have many TVs)."
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UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference

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  • Re:Could? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Cimexus ( 1355033 ) on Friday July 13, 2012 @03:27AM (#40636465)

    Yeah weird.

    Incidentally this is precisely the reason why in Australia, Apple got penalised by the courts for advertising their new iPads as '4G'. It wasn't ~merely~ because the iPad's didn't support the 4G frequency that the Australian mobile networks used, it was that they only supported frequencies that would NEVER have any hope of being used for 4G in Australia, because those frequencies are allocated to terrestrial TV in Australia. So there's no way Apple could argue "well maybe one day someone would start a 4G network on a supported frequency" ... it was impossible from the outset for the iPad to ever be connected to a 4G network in Australia due to the frequencies being completely unavailable.

    Which makes me wonder how this interference in the UK is being caused? Surely OFCOM has defined permissible bands for 4G and for TV, and ensured they don't overlap or interfere with each other?

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