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The government has launched a new £180 million fund to help minimise the negative impacts of the 4G broadband launch on digital terrestrial TV viewers.

When next-generation mobile broadband services launch in 2014 or 2015, around three per cent of UK homes are expected to experience signal interference.

This is because many existing TV receivers and aerials were designed to receive signals across the UHF Bands IV and V, which includes the whole of the 800MHz band.

Both the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands are being reallocated for use by mobile broadband providers, with a spectrum auction set to take place later in 2012.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said that with more and more people using mobile devices to access the internet, releasing more spectrum is "essential".

"Next generation mobile services are essential for economic growth. They will bring an estimated benefit of £2 to £3 billion to the UK economy," he claimed.

"There will be some interference when 4G services are rolled-out but we will have the solutions in place to eliminate the disruption to television viewers."

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