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The roll out of 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) services in the UK is likely to cause TV reception interference for some 2 million households.

Fourth generation LTE, for the uninitiated, is super-fast mobile broadband, the next step up from 3G. It’s expected to roll out later next year in this country, after the much delayed 4G spectrum auction sees the airwaves divvied up between mobile network operators.

There is a chance one network, Everything Everywhere, might get to use its existing 1800MHz spectrum to start its 4G plans moving at the end of 2012, Ofcom permitting – but fortunately, that won’t cause any interference.

But in 2013, those who receive Freeview via their TV aerial in Guildford, or indeed elsewhere in the UK, may face disruption of their signal if they are in close proximity to a 4G base station.

Back at the start of the year, it was estimated that perhaps a million homes would suffer at the hands of this issue, but the most recent figures from the government point to double that amount, no less than 2 million. Freeview itself is estimating around 2.3 million, which is a lot of potential folks being subjected to a poorer quality picture.

Those who already rely on signal boosters, and those with a communal digital aerial installation in West Sussex, or other counties, will find themselves much more prone to being affected.

It should be noted that the government isn’t doing nothing about the issue, however, and a pot of cash has been put aside for measures to help alleviate potential interference.

In fact, there’s a £180 million fund pledged to countering the side-effects of 4G, but Freeview is worried this won’t be enough due to various issues. Professional installation support for the required filters, for example, hasn’t been taken into account. Neither have issues such as filters for second TV sets in the home.

According to figures calculated by Deloitte for Ofcom, the actual cost will be up to £200 million, so there’s a bit of a shortfall in the government’s funding.

Fortunately, other digital equipment, such as for example a DAB aerial in Hampshire, won’t be affected. That’s because the 4G spectrum which is going to cause these issues is the 800MHz spectrum, which is close to digital terrestrial television’s 700MHz spectrum. DAB radio runs across far lower frequencies than this, listeners will doubtless be pleased to hear.