The Commission says this decision will pave the way for the widespread deployment of on-board 5G.
Since 2008, an implementing decision has allocated spectrum for use on planes. Now, the Commission has amended this decision to allow the use of 5G.
The Commission says this service could be made available by using special network equipment called “pico-cells” onboard aircraft. These cells could then be connected through satellite.
“5G will enable innovative services for people and growth opportunities for European companies,” says Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the internal market. “The sky is no longer a limit when it comes to possibilities offered by super-fast, high-capacity connectivity.”