We've yet to see in detail Ofcom's plans to deal with the removal of some capacity once 700mHz is cleared for Mobile.
I've seen the draft UK plan (only the North of Scotland is in the public domain, and you have to reverse engineer
the changes by sticking post codes into the Freeview checker)
All three, six, or eight muxes (as appropriate) are reallocated at every present site. There are a few extra sites (some greenfield) to carry COM 4,5, and 6 to areas that will lose reliable reception of those muxes, owing to increased co-channel interference ( inevitable really, as there is a net decrease in available spectrum). The present
500 MHz Band (aka UHF Ch 31-37) that is only used at present for COM 7 and 8 will be used extensively for PSB and COM 4/5/6. Plus Ch 36 is being added for the first time. COM 7 and 8 will be moving to a national SFN
at Ch 55 and 56, until at least 2020, and probably until the end of 2022. (55/56 constitute a guard band in the new use of the 700 MHz band, so the gap is being utilised until 2022).
Oh, and all the local stuff also has new homes, scattered between 21 and 48
The only chance of more capacity , is when the existing T1 muxes are converted to T2. It'll be years before PSB 1 and 2 are I suspect.
Last edited by Markymark on 19 June 2017 7:52pm