UK Operators Step Up Efforts to Avoid LTE Spectrum Interference

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The company set up by UK mobile networks to deal with 4G spectrum interference has named former Nokia Siemens Networks executive Simon Beresford Wylie as its CEO. Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL) is responsible for mitigating interference from LTE 800Mhz services on terrestrial digital television.

In certain circumstances, it is possible that new 4G services at 800 MHz could interfere with some existing terrestrial digital TV signals. DMSL's role is to ensure that people will receive their existing Freeview TV services when 4G is provided at 800 MHz. 4G services operating in higher frequency bands, such as 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz, do not have the potential to impact Freeview.

The organisation was formed on an initial basis in October 2012 by EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone. DMSL's ultimate ownership will be based on the successful bidders in the 4G spectrum auction, to comply with the licence conditions.

The chairman of DMSL, Andrew Pinder, said, "Ensuring Britain's terrestrial TV continues uninterrupted while Britain benefits from 4G at 800 MHz is a huge responsibility. The appointment of a highly experienced leader with a deep understanding of mobile telecoms and complex project delivery is an important step for the successful introduction of 4G on this new spectrum band in the UK."

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