Spain: Telcos to pay for 4G interference

Spanish telcos will have to pay the bill for any 4G interference in the transmission of DTT from January 1st when the DTT migration to another frequencies band is completed.

The Government has made this clear soon after it approved a new DTT technical plan and accepted to pay for the DTT retuning with a total cost of €286 million.

“The telecommunication companies have the obligation to assume the cost for these interferences”, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry, adding that it will be regulated.

To avoid interferences, telcos will have to put a filter on the aerial.

In the UK, at800, a not-for-profit organisation, funded by the UK mobile operators with licences to provide 4G mobile services at 800MHz, has been set up and tasked with ensuring UK viewers continue to receive Freeview when 4G mobile services at 800MHz are launched.

at800 is committed to maintaining its mitigation programme until after the mobile operators’ coverage obligations are met, anticipated to be 12 months after Telefónica’s obligations have been met in December 2017.

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