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Some UK households could face television interference when mobile broadband providers begin to use the 800MHz frequency band, it has been claimed.

According to Ofcom, households which are reliant upon Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services could suffer reception difficulties when 4G mobile broadband is introduced.

The media regulator explained that DTT receivers and aerials are designed to receive signals across the 470 the 862 MHz frequency band.

As it stands, around three per cent of homes could see their television services affected.

Ofcom stated: "In addition to receiving the wanted DTT signal, [households] may also pick up unwanted signals from new mobile base stations that could result in interference and degraded DTT reception.

"Up to 760,000 households could potentially be affected by this interference problem, although we believe there are ways of reducing this number substantially."

Earlier this year, Ofcom announced plans to auction off the 800MHz frequency band to mobile broadband providers, enabling them to improve dongle services for UK internet users.

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