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Commission Recommendation of 7 April 2008 on authorisation of mobile communication services on aircraft (MCA services) in the European Community

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Mobile Communications on board Aircraft (MCA) is a system which allows air passengers to use their own mobile devices on board aircraft. Currently, MCA is available onboard over 200 aircraft flying over EU territory; most of them are aircraft which fly for non-EU airlines.

In 2008, the European Commission introduced rules to harmonise conditions for the take-off of GSM (2G) in the 1800MHz band pan-European mobile communication services on board aircraft.