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European Commission allows in-flight 5G

Since the Commission updated the implementing decision on the spectrum for mobile communications on board aircraft, designating certain frequencies for in-flight 5G technology, airlines will be able to offer the most recent 5G technology on their aircraft, along with earlier mobile technology generations.

Similar to a 5G mobile network on the ground, passengers on flights within the EU will be able to utilize all of the features and functionality of their mobile devices.

“5G will enable innovative services for people and growth opportunities for European companies. The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity.”
Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal market.

As of 2008, the Commission’s Implementation Decision dedicated certain frequencies to in-flight mobile communications, allowing airlines to offer texting, phone and data services to passengers. travel within the EU. This update of the Committee to Enforce the Decision on In-flight Mobile Communications paves the way for the widespread rollout of 5G services.

The service is provided in the cabin of an aircraft equipped using special networking equipment, called “pico-cells”, to connect users and route calls, texts and data. data, usually via a satellite network, between the aircraft and the in-flight mobile network. soil.

The Commission also revised an implementation decision on the 5 GHz frequency bands, making them available for Wi-Fi in road vehicles, such as in cars and buses. The revised decision lays the groundwork for innovations in the automotive industry and potentially for Metaverse applications. Subject to the amendments to the Implementation Decision, Member States shall make available the 5 GHz band for use by road vehicles as soon as possible and by 30 June 2023 at the latest.

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