The European Union opens the door to use 5G during flights

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The European Union opens the door to use 5G during flights

Within You will hardly be able to use your mobile phone while you fly. The European Union (EU) will allow the to airlines offer the latest 5G technology on its aircraft, as well Like other previous generations of connecting to the network, which will open up the network. The door was opened so that passengers can use their devices and make calls while they fly.

This past Thursday, the European Commission(CE) updated Your decisions about spectrum for mobile communications on board aircraft.   5G will enable innovative services for people and growth opportunities for European businesses. The sky is no longer the limit when it comes to the possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity,”  celebrated the Commissioner for the Internal Market, the Frenchman Thierry Breton.

In this way, from mid-2023 European passengers will be able to use their mobile phones, tablets and laptops “to the maximum of their capacity and characteristics” while they fly, in the same way So they can do it on the ground.

Goodbye to 'airplane mode'

This new possibility will put a lot of fun in the air. End 'airplane mode'. Currently, all airlines ask their customers to activate this function on all their electronic devices, a security measure This is used to avoid any type of interference that could harm the plane and even cause an air crash. However, the 'airplane mode' has its days numbered. Already in 2014 the Aviation Safety Agency of the European Union updated the standard. He used his guidelines to say that airlines should not require their passengers to use that feature.

The use of 5G will not generate charges. safety problems on airplanes. As explained by the International Air Transport Association to the British newspaper 'The Telegraph', with 5G telephones use the 5GHz spectrum, while planes use the 4.2- 4.4GHz, so the connection of one does not affect the other.

In the United States, the relationship with 5G has been more tense. Earlier this year, operators such as Verizon or AT&T announced that they would delay their plans to deploy this new connection at some airports in the country after the United States Aviation Agency (FAA, by its acronym in English) show your concern about possible interference. The same airlines warned of a potential “chaos” due to the deployment of 5G near the airports.

Since 2008, the Commission reserves certain frequencies for mobile communications. ;vile on airplanes. This has allowed certain airlines to provide messaging, phone calls, or data usage. Others already allow passengers to connect to a Wi-Fi network during the flight upon payment. The decision in Brussels this Thursday paves the way for the widespread deployment of 5G technology, which will allow for more than 100,000 people. much faster network connections with less latency.