Ofcom consults on localised mobile communication services on aircraft

Ofcom is consulting on plans to make new regulations that would enable airline passengers to use mobile devices, with 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, on-board aircraft, without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, if certain standards and requirements are met.

The plans would mean that passengers could use their devices without causing interference to land mobile networks. Passengers would connect to an aircraft base transceiver station, and the network control unit would ensure that Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service networks in the 900 MHz and 2100 MHz frequency bands would be not interfered with.


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