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Spain: 4m DTT homes suffer 4G interference

August 4, 2015

From David Del Valle in Madrid

The deployment of 4G on the 800 Mhz band threatens the DTT reception of up to 4 million DTT homes in Spain.  Most affected are separate dwellings with no SMATV which were not obliged to adjust their aerials in the recent DTT migration.

To avoid interference, viewers have to install a filter, typically costing between €50 and €80, between their TV set and antenna.

Telco operators (Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange) will foot the bill of installation, but only for the first six months after they have launched 4G services.

Fecotel, which represents telco installation companies in Spain, has called the measures currently being used to reduce interference as “inadequate and inappropriate” and has urged the Administration to call on a meeting with the industry to agree on a common strategy to solve it as soon as possible.

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