Several of the UK’s leading mobile broadband providers have formed a new company to help ensure Freeview services will not be affected by the introduction of 4G.
Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited – comprised of EE, O2, Three and Vodafone - will be responsible for ensuring households continue to receive clear Freeview TV signals when 4G mobile services in the 800 MHz spectrum band are introduced.
It’s feared that the use of this frequency band for mobile broadband may disrupt some households' television signal.
Andrew Pinder will initially chair the new company, and funding is to be provided by the successful bidders for the 800MHz spectrum in the upcoming Ofcom auction.
Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said the rollout of 4G services is "a huge step forward" for mobile broadband services in Britain.
She claimed this will be "incredibly important" in driving economic growth.
"I am pleased that the mobile operators will be working together to ensure that no viewers lose their television services when 4G is rolled out, and congratulate them on setting up the assistance scheme so quickly," Ms Miller stated.
Ed Richards, Chief Executive of Ofcom, said the launch of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited is "further evidence" of the progress that is being made by the industry to deliver 4G mobile services across the UK.
"[It] represents yet another step towards bringing consumers early access to the next generation of mobile broadband services," he stated