Is the so called "Digital Dividend" the worst mistake since start of Domestic broadcasting in 1921?
In a statement, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport admitted “some households will get interference to their digital terrestrial TV (DTT, or Freeview) reception when part of the spectrum being auctioned is used for 4G services”.
From £180m to fund 4G TV interference solutions
The LTE on 800MHz will not realise the stupid amounts of money that 3G licences raised (which crippled rollout and penalised customers with higher charges).
It can't deliver Broadband as the low frequency means cell sizes are too big and the spectrum "band" isn't wide enough for even only 6 duplex 20MHz LTE channels.
Decent quality HD and audio and number of channels, not to mention 3D and Local TV can't fit into the remaining band.
There is plenty of poorly utilised bands, wide enough for 6 x 20MHz Duplex channels for LTE with more controlled cell size.
So in the end the "Digital Dividend" is just a short term revenue boost for Treasuries via the Regulators. It's not good for the Consumer, it's bad for Terrestrial TV competing with Pay TV giants like Murdoch or Cable. Satellite isn't under local national control. Cable or Satellite don't permit Ad-hoc on the go or Mobile reception.
IPTV and Streaming Radio isn't a viable mass market alternate to Terrestrial Radio broadcast unless there is a massive Fibre to the Home universal infrastructure with servers at each major node. Also it's tethered.
800MHz mobile has been proved to cause even more
disruption to cable TV and Cable broadband than to DTT.
So if they are determined to auction the 800MHz part of TV band, (so called digital dividend) the only worth while use is FIXED wireless using roof top directional aerials. That increases the capacity by x8 to x16, allows real rural broadband and avoids interference with TV and cable.
Why will they never do it? They could put such conditions on the Licences. Because the licences would realise about 1/10th or 1/100th of the instant revenue. Governments are stupid and obsessed with short term income and expenditure rather than proper long term planning with real benefits to local economy.
The Short term once off income auctioning the Mobile licence for 800MHz (so called Digital dividend) adds no Broadband and creates a revenue stream from the consumer that leaves the country. Very few extra long term jobs created.
The "Digital Dividend" will be robbing the consumers across Europe and USA.