On Monday Ofcom will run tests in Baldock to find out whether next-gen mobile broadband networks will knacker headphones and microphones, ruining Brits' enjoyment of music. Lots of short-range wireless devices use frequencies just above the bands Ofcom will be flogging off for LTE use next year. Although the regulator is pretty …
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So OFCOM have found that LTE interferes with more devices, but because they'll get lots of money from the auction they basically don't care?
No, they've found that these devices could indeed pick up noise from LTE transmitters, but that 1) The devices are already designed to cope with significant amounts of noise, even on the same band and as such 2) Would only be noticeably bothered in very rare cases.
So there's no reason for them to care.
Is this anything to do with LightSquared?
'intruder alarms, cordless headphones, microphones, smart meters and RFID tags were all vulnerable to interference from LTE if they were put close enough, but such devices are required to mitigate against interference anyway so shouldn't be operationally impacted.'
Mitigated in the same way a car is supposed to withstand impacts from another car at a reasonably speed however place the car between two 40 ton trucks heading towards each other at 60mph and not much mitigation is going to avoid the results.