Mobile carriers form DMSL to fight Freeview signal disruption from 4G
Network operators Everything Everywhere, 3 Mobile, O2 and Vodafone have jointly formed a company to ensure Freeview households continue to receive clear signal following the rollout of 4G services.
Called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), the company will endeavour to counteract the negative impact that 4G mobile broadband services in the 800MHz band could have on Freeview reception.
Signal disruption is expected to occur within 2km of the new 4G transmitters, meaning more than two million homes could be affected by the issue.
Creating the joint company now will play a part in accelerating the deployment of 4G networks from spring 2013, explained industry regulator Ofcom.
The organisation will be funded by the successful bidders for 800MHz spectrum in the forthcoming auction. If any party other than the four operators wins a share of this spectrum, they can immediately become a shareholder in DMSL.
"I am pleased that the mobile operators will be working together to ensure that no viewers lose their television services when 4G is rolled out and congratulate them on setting up the assistance scheme so quickly," said Culture Secretary Maria Miller.