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The first major urban trial of the side-effects of 4G LTE mobile broadband services is to be carried out in London, to assess the interference to TV services over the 800MHz spectrum band.

It will be carried out by at800.tv, which was established by UK mobile operators to provide support to households in danger of suffering interruption to digital terrestrial services due to 4G rollout, and is set to take place on April 15th in south-east London.

Around 170,000 homes will be included in the test, particularly those located in Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Lewisham, with at800.tv asking anyone affected to report the disruption.

It follows a smaller-scale test in the rural areas of Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis in the West Midlands recently, when just 15 of 22,000 households suffered problems, which were subsequently resolved by the installation of TV filters.

Simon Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive of at800.tv, said the larger tests are "essential" to improving the forecast model and the way potential issues caused by 4G at 800MHz can be tackled.

"We are extremely grateful to viewers in south-east London for their help with these important tests," he added.

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