4G providers form body ‘to ensure Freeview TV service quality’

The UK’s main mobile network providers have created a jointly controlled company, which will help ensure the rapid roll-out of 4G services in 2013.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have formed Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, which will be responsible for ensuring consumers continue to receive clear Freeview TV signals following the rollout of 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz spectrum band.

Concerns have been raised that the use of this frequency band for mobile broadband may interfere with some households’ television signal.

The new company – which will initially be chaired by Andrew Pinder – will be funded by the successful bidders for 800MHz spectrum in the upcoming Ofcom auction.

Provisions exist to ensure that if any other party acquires some of this spectrum in the auction they can immediately become a shareholder in the firm.

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