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A new pilot project in the Midlands is set to gauge the impact that the further rollout of 4G across the UK will have on Freeview customers.

The scheme is being spearheaded by Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), a group that was set up by mobile operators and the government in a bid to solve any problems experienced by digital terrestrial TV viewers due to 4G mobile broadband rollout in the 800MHz band.

The pilot is being conducted in the Black Country town Cradley Heath and neighbouring parish Rowley Regis between March 18th and April 1st, when local homes and businesses will be asked to provide feedback about the extent of disruption, if any, to their Freeview services.

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has previously calculated that that more than two million homes in the UK could experience disruption to, or loss of, their TV services as a result of 4G in the 800MHz band, yet only half of these properties will be assisted by the DMSL.

Others will need to explore alternative means of benefiting from digital channels, such as upgrading to satellite or cable TV packages.

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