at800 is holding an extended trial to help understand the extent to which 4G at 800 MHz could disrupt Freeview. The trial begins in Brighton from mid-May. at800 is the organization tasked with ensuring viewers continue to receive Freeview when 4G mobile services at 800 MHz are launched later this year.
Brighton has been selected for the trial as Freeview in the city is transmitted on frequencies that are particularly close to the 800 MHz frequencies used for new 4G services. The trial will also be the first time at800 provides specific support to the elderly or those with a disability. Depending on the trial outcome, a decision will be made on whether the 4G masts will remain active indefinitely.
Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive of at800, said, “The hilly terrain in Brighton – which can affect TV signals – coupled with Freeview being transmitted on frequencies very close to 4G at 800 MHz will make this a very useful trial. We urge viewers in Brighton to call us should they see any new problems with their Freeview reception.”