• Vodafone companies turns to 5G

Airlines will be able to provide the latest

5G network technology

on their planes, according to a latest update from the

European Commission

on in-flight communications, which advances the designation of certain 5G frequencies for user communications.

Currently, all airlines urge passengers to activate

'airplane mode'

during takeoff and landing of the plane, by means of a light signal that indicates when they should do so.

This is a security measure that companies implement to avoid interference with any other electrical or telecommunications system on the plane, which, if it exists, could cause a plane crash.

For the rest of the flight, it is possible to use a

WiFi network

upon payment on some airlines (including

Iberia or Air Europa

) when the plane has already exceeded a certain height, and is off both the takeoff and landing runways .

As the Commission has pointed out, since 2008 it has reserved certain frequencies for mobile communications on aircraft, a decision on in-flight communications that has recently been updated with the widespread deployment of 5G services.

Now the

European Union

has announced that all passengers on board flights in the European Union will be able to keep their electronic devices on as well as mobile data activated, in order to use 5G networks on them.

In this way, passengers will be able to access connectivity "to the maximum of its capacity and characteristics, as with a 5G mobile network on land", as it has advanced through its website.

According to Internal Market Commissioner

Thierry Breton

, 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," he added.

In order to offer connectivity support, airlines must install a network station in their fleet, which will allow tasks such as sending calls, messages or data traffic through a satellite network to a land mobile network.

It should be noted that the European Commission has also introduced new features for road transport, where WiFi can be run with 5 GHz frequency bands in

cars, buses and other means of transport


This will take effect on June 30, 2023 "at the latest", according to the institution.

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