Digital UK confirms further Freeview 4G clearance retune dates for South Wales

Digital UK has today confirmed further dates when viewers in parts of the UK will need to retune their Freeview boxes and TVs as frequencies change to make way for 4G mobile broadband in the 800 MHz band next year.

Viewers receiving their signal from the Wenvoe transmitter serving South Wales and the Bristol Channel (including Cardiff and Newport) will need to rescan as frequencies change on the 23rd January 2013, two months earlier than originally planned. The change will affect the multiplex that currently carries Film 4, Al Jazeera English and 4seven.

Then, on the 13th March, many viewers who receive their signal from relay transmitters of Wenvoe and Kilvey Hill will be affected by frequency changes:
 
Abercynon  BBC-B moves from ch61 to ch49;
Abergavenny  BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39;
Alltwen  BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
Blaina  D3&4 moves form ch50 to ch40;
Brecon  BBC-A moves from ch61 to ch49;
Briton Ferry all services revert back from 32W to 4W ERP; 
Burry Port BBC-A moves from ch61 to ch49 
Cilfrew BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39
Craig-Cefn-Parc BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
Cymfelinfach  power boost from 2W to 4W ERP only;
Dowlais  BBC-A moves from ch61 to ch49; all services power boost from 2.6W to 5W ERP.
Ebbw Vale  BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50
Efail Fach BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39;
Fernhill  BBC-B moves form ch62 to ch50;
Gellifendigaid  BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Llangeinor BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Llanhilleth BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39;
Monmouth BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Mynydd Bach BBC-A moves from ch61 to ch49
Mynydd Emroch BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
Pennar BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
Porth  BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
Risca  BBC-B moves from ch50 to ch40;
South Maesteg  BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
South Tredegar BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39;
Taffs Well BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Ton Pentre BBC-A moves from ch61 to ch49; all services power boost from 16W to 32W ERP;
Tonypandy BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Tonyrefail  BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50;
Trefechan  D3&4 moves from ch49 to ch39;
Tynewydd D3&4 moves from ch62 to ch50;
Van Terrace BBC-A moves from ch49 to ch39;
Ynysowen BBC-B moves from ch62 to ch50 

In the neighbouring ITV West TV region, Mendip and its relays will see changes later in March, exact dates not yet confirmed.

Further retunes will follow in other parts of the UK between April and October, although the dates penciled in for September and October are still subject to review. 

Earlier this month, Ofcom announced a breakthrough in negotiations with potential future 4G operators in the 800MHz and Digital UK confirmed that as a result of the planned rollout of 4G from next spring, Freeview retune dates in Central Scotland, East and South Midlands would be brought forward by upto five months. The frequency change at Wenvoe was brought forward by two months. Digial UK remains in existence post digital switchover to inform viewers of the retunes.

Unlike the new 4G service being offered by EE, which operates at frequencies in the 1800 MHz band, 4G services from a variety of providers is ultimately going to use the 800 MHz frequency band - the top part of the UHF TV frequency band that needs to be cleared as a result of the change of use.

Earlier today, John Whittingdale MP repeated his concerns to Sky News of the potential interference to Freeview signals, as up to 2.3 million households are expected to see terrestrial television reception cancelled out by strong 4G 800 MHz signals. Under current government proposals, affected households would only be offered one filter to cancel the interference, regardless of the number of Freeview-enabled TVs in a household. Currently, every TV set and Freeview box on the market is designed to receive services up to and including the 800 MHz band (as services still transmit there) and nearby interference from a 4G base station is liable to cause overload.

  See Also:  
4G clearance retunes page


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