French Regulator Consults on Use of Mobile Phones in Aircraft
Published on: 25th Mar 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
The French telecoms regulator has opened a public consultation on the use of 3G and 4G phones in aircraft during flights over French airspace.
The use of 2G frequencies on board aircraft has been authorised inside French airspace since 2008, but the regulations had never been updated to include newer mobile technologies.
As a result, work was performed at the European level between 2011 and 2013 on the technical conditions necessary to introducing the use of 3G and 4G systems on board aircraft -- in particular to protect the aircraft's other embedded electronic devices and systems from harmful interference.
The European Commission has since adopted a decision that opened the way for in-flight 3G and 4G services, but that has to be ratified at the national regulator level as well.
The french regulator is now proposing permitting the use of 2G and 4G systems in the 1800 MHz band and 3G systems in the 2.1Ghz band.
Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments and analysis to ARCEP before 11 April 2014.