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Saturday22 September 2018

Surfing in the sky: Commission gives airlines green-light for 3G and 4G broadband services on board aircraft

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The European Commission has adopted new rules that allow the latest wireless communication technology to be used by passengers on board aircraft flying over the European Union.

This means that from now onwards, spectrum for 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) communications may be used above an altitude of 3000 metres. Until now only 2G (GSM) has been permissible on-board aircraft flying in the EU, which is impracticable sending large amounts of data (for example sending large attachments, downloading eBooks, watching video).


EC Poll: What future do you want?

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The European Commission invites you to vote on what Europe could look like in 2050 to help steer future policy and research planning.

In 2050, will the economy be fundamentally altered because home 3D printers mean you can press a button to print your own clothes, a new sofa or kitchen table? Will cancer be a thing of the past thanks to nano-robots which can detect and destroy tumours? What will society look like when many live to over 100 years old?

For further information: //europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-946_en.htm

EU Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market

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The European Commission has adopted its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform.

Launched by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in his 2013 State of the Union speech, the “Connected Continent” legislative package, when adopted, will reduce consumer charges, simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service providers, so that Europe can once again be a global digital leader.


For further information: ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/commission-proposes-major-step-forward-telecoms-single-market

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