Brighton has been selected for an extended trial by at800 to help understand the extent to which 4G at 800 MHz could disrupt Freeview.
Freeview in the city is transmitted on frequencies that are close to the 800 MHz frequencies used for new 4G services and the trial, which starts in the middle of this month, will be the first time that at800 provides specific support to the elderly and those with a disability.
Depending on its outcome, a decision will be made on whether the 4G masts will remain active indefinitely.
Commenting on the trial, Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive at at800, said: “The hilly terrain in Brighton – which can affect TV signals – coupled with Freeview being transmitted on frequencies very close to 4G at 800 MHz will make this a very useful trial. We urge viewers in Brighton to call us should they see any new problems with their Freeview reception.”
At800 has been tasked with ensuring viewers continue to receive Freeview when 4G mobile services are launched later this year.