The four major companies in the UK mobile industry have formed a jointly controlled firm called Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited that will make sure airwaves made available for 4G LTE services do not interfere with Freeview TV signals.
The company, originally planned to be called MitCo, will be formed by EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone and funded by those that win spectrum during the planned 800mhz auction.
Deployment of 4G in other bands – such as EE’s 1800mhz 4G service – does not require similar action because it will not interfere with Freeview.
Andrew Pinder, who has been appointed to act as interim chairman of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited said:
“This is an excellent response by all mobile operators to the Minister’s challenge to set up this company as quickly as possible. It represents a real milestone and I will continue to work with all of the mobile operators and other stakeholders to get plans in place for the rapid launch of 4G services on the spectrum to be auctioned next year.”