The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

Old TV set caused broadband Internet issues in British village

Villagers complained about Internet issued for more than a year before the problem was discovered.

Villagers complained about Internet issued for more than a year before the problem was discovered.

An old TV set. (Photo: Pexels/Graphic: The Desk)

An old television set used by a resident of a small British village caused Internet service disruptions for more than 18 months before it was discovered by engineers.

Since last year, residents in the British village of Aberhosan have noticed their Internet service would slow or drop out entirely, leading to numerous complaints against provider Openreach.

Earlier this year, Openreach replaced numerous utility lines in and around the village, hoping the problem would be resolved. When things didn’t improve, engineers began investigating other possible causes of the interference.

A monitoring device revealed the problems occurred daily around 7 a.m. Further investigation led engineers to an old television set being used at a home within the village.

“It turned out that at 7am every morning the occupant would switch on their old TV which would, in turn, knock out broadband for the entire village,” an engineer told BBC News.

The engineer said the TV set was emitting a single high-level impulse noise, known in the engineering world as SHINE. Those types of signals can cause interference with nearby electrical devices.

The interference has not returned since the set was switched off, the BBC said.

Get stories like these in your inbox, plus free breaking news alerts on business and policy matters involving media and tech.

Get stories like these in your inbox, plus free breaking news alerts on business and policy matters involving media and tech.

Photo of author

About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
Home » News » Industries » Technology » Old TV set caused broadband Internet issues in British village