Gone is the great annoyance of making a plane trip without being able to access social networks or applications that can only be used with the internet. This is thanks to the European Union, which will allow airlines to install 5G antennas for users to use during the flight.
This can have two sides of the coin, as a person can get the most out of their apps using the internet, but, surely, there will also be passengers who will not let the person next to them sleep, as they will be using their cell phone the whole trip.
On every flight, it is important to put smart devices such as cell phones on airplane mode, and this may change in the coming months, as announced by the European Commission itself, where flying will not be so boring because you will be able to use your cell phone at full speed.
This change will allow passengers to use their cell phones as they normally would on the ground during the flight. The European Commission has adopted legislation to comply with the latest communication technologies. Still, Thierry Breton, the European Union’s internal market commissioner, noted that “the sky is no longer the limit when it comes to high-speed, high-capacity connections.”
“5G will enable innovative services for people and growth opportunities for European businesses,” he adds.
This will use so-called “picocells” installed on airplanes, enabling secure 5G coverage and a connection to satellite transmitters worldwide for communications.
This “pico cell” enables calls, text messages, and data transmission via satellites to cell phone receivers on the ground.
The 5G network will be the future of smartphones and communications.
This move by the European Union will benefit airlines and air travel. Still, it will also open up 5G frequencies for Wifi connections in cars, buses, and other modes of transportation.
“Airlines are going to be able to provide the latest 5G technology to their aircraft, alongside previous generations of mobile technology, as the EC has updated the implementing decision on the spectrum for in-flight communications on board aircraft, designating different frequencies for in-flight 5G,” the European Commission stresses.
Thus, putting airplane mode on mobiles, tablets and computers has its days numbered, and perhaps also in-flight breaks.
What does it mean for a country to have 5G?
It should be noted that networks such as 4G and 5G allow people to stay connected even when they are moving, and each of them allows a different speed. This fifth one, in addition to transferring data at more than 10 gigabits per second -which, compared to 4G networks that offer speeds close to 50 megabits (a gigabit is 1,000 megabits), is higher- is more secure.
Although it will initially operate in cell phones, 5G technology goes beyond that, as it will also be able to connect sensors integrated into almost all devices, from agricultural machines to medical devices, successfully creating the concept called the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
Beyond connection speeds, the new network generation brings another benefit. For example, thanks to “adaptive bandwidth,” it will allow the phone to automatically switch to faster internet speeds and consume more battery only when needed.
In addition, it will also give better access to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and video game services and applications, thanks to the connection being more agile and advanced. Due to its hyperconnectivity, a greater number and type of devices will be connected in real-time.