UK Mobile Services on Aircraft


Ofcom has set out new regulations enabling 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
Under these regulations, passengers can 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 not be interfered with.
The system effectively replicates, on an aircraft, the operation of a land base station. 
It is intended to implement a recent decision by the European Commission -
These regulations will replace similar exemption regulations we made in 2014.
Download the Decision From (PDF) -