4G disruption threatens millions

Phil philmt59 at aol.com
Wed May 23 14:47:04 CDT 2012

No, not a LightSquared - not even close. The problem is that the Freeview service is very variable in signal strength and quality over the country. Some areas need a good, high-gain aerial (and most people in those areas use cable or Sky anyway). Elsewhere, some people rely on an indoor, set-top aerial with variable quality, even though Freeview has always emphasized the need for a 'proper' aerial installation.

Virtually the entire UK has had a local integrated cable network since the late 1990s so cable is an option for nearly everybody anyway. Combined internet / telephone / cable TV contracts are attractive and falling in price every day. For instance, we're paying £18 per calendar month for telephone, movies-on-demand and 80 Mbaud internet access. The deal includes the equivalent of Freeview but we have Sky anyway. Plenty of affordable solutions, and my car will still know how to navigate.

Phil M1GWZ

On 23 May 2012, at 19:56, Andre Kesteloot wrote:

> Tacoistas,,
> A new LightSquared ?
> 73
> André N4ICK
> When 4G services start rolling out next year in the UK, two million homes will find it affects their TV signal, Freeview boss warns.
> <  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18174052>
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