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The government has announced the launch of a new £180 million scheme to help UK households avoid the loss of Freeview digital TV services.

Up to 2.3 million homes are expected to experience service interference when 4G mobile broadband launches in the 800MHz spectrum band.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey MP explained that the 900,000 worst affected homes will qualify for financial assistance in order to minimise the impacts.

These are the households likely to rely on digital terrestrial TV services for their primary viewing.

Ed Vaizey MP, Communications Minister, said the high-speed mobile broadband services which will be launched in the 800MHz spectrum will bring "significant economic and social benefits to the UK as a whole and to consumers and businesses".

"Many of those consumers will also be viewers of digital terrestrial television and some of those will unfortunately have those TV services affected by the long-term evolution services unless action is taken to deal with interference," he added.

Mr Vaizey said the government is keen to mitigate the effects of interference, so that no television viewer loses access to television services.

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