5G, EU, Technology

Europe’s Air Passengers May Soon Enjoy an In-Flight 5G Connection

5G service on EU Planes soon

After the European Commission opted to make regulatory changes to open up new opportunities for innovation, European airplanes now have the option of offering full 5G coverage to passengers.

In its most recent ruling on on-board communications, the European Commission stated that planes will utilize specialized network equipment known as “pico-cells” to link and route calls, messages, and data via satellite.

Passengers on European Union aircraft will be able to use their mobile phones in a 5G connection exactly as they would on a ground-based 5G mobile network.

In a statement, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton stated:

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

Since 2008, the Commission’s reserve designated frequencies for mobile communications on flights, allowing airlines to offer messaging, phone calls, and data services to passengers traveling inside the EU.

Changes are scheduled to take effect as soon as possible, but no later than June 30th, 2023.