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December 16, 2009

Cable TV could crash due to mobile phones

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by David Allen

It seems that the next generation of mobile phones may be capable of producing some spectacular features and lightning speeds, but at the same time this new technology could have a detrimental effect on cable television services.

The 800 MHz spectrum will be used for the new Long Term Evolution (LTE) or, as it is more commonly known, 4G.

This is not available in the UK yet but the mobile provider O2 is currently testing 4G at the LTE Slough testing centre.

LTE allows users to connect to the internet at speeds twenty times faster than currently available.

However it seems that cable TV set top boxes operate on a frequency of between 800 to 900 MHz, hence the problem, to which a solution will have to be found.

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