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EU opens up 5G on planes, making in-flights calls more likely

By Siddharth Vikram Philip

24 Nov 2022 · 1 min read

Editor's Note

Bloomberg reports on a recent decision by the European Commission, which will allow airlines to let customers make and receive phone calls, text messages and data just as they would on the ground.

The European Union said it will enable the "wide-spread deployment of 5G services" on aircraft by designating certain frequencies for in-flight cell-phone connectivity.

The decision will allow airlines to let customers make and receive phone calls, text messages and data just as they would on the ground, the European Commission said in a statement Thursday. Service will be provided using special network equipment called a pico-cell that connect the in-flight network to the ground via a satellite, the statement said.

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