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A West Yorkshire company has been awarded a contract to help mitigate potential interference to terrestrial digital television reception when 4G mobile services operating at 800 MHz goes live.

Shipley-based Radio Design, which was launched five years ago and specialises in supplying RF solutions to the international telecommunications industry,  will be supplying high-quality RF filters to at800, the organisation tasked with ensuring UK viewers continue to receive Freeview.

When launched, it is thought the new 4G services at 800 MHz could cause problems to terrestrial digital TV such as loss of sound, blocky images or loss of TV channels. Ofcom estimates that up to 10 per cent of UK households may require help to ensure their TV signal remains clear when 4G services launch in their area.

In the majority of cases, an RF filter will stop potential interference and enable viewers to carry on receiving and watching terrestrial digital TV as normal.  4G mobile services are expected to launch later this year following the recent ‘Digital Dividend’ auction.

Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director of Radio Design said:

This is a great opportunity to show that high technology manufacturing can be successful in the UK. We are very pleased to be able to support at800.

The program for provision and distribution of the interference filters has been implemented extremely quickly to ensure the filters are available before any interference issues arise.

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