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 aircrafts flying over EU territory, most of them non-EU airlines. In 2011 and 2012, the amount of data exchanged through MCA increased over 300%, proving it as a growing industry.
In November 2013, we've adopted a Decision allowing UMTS2100 (3G) and LTE1800 (4G) to be used by passengers on board aircraft in addition to the GSM band. This means passengers will now be able to use their mobile terminals for broadband services, such as internet access on MCA equipped aircraft.
In 2008, we already introduced rules to harmonise conditions for the take-off of GSM (2G) in the 1800MHz band pan-European mobile communication services on board aircraft.