Phone use on planes soon to be okay

Phone use on planes soon to be okay

Concerns raised over the anti-competitive environment it might create

That broken-record message to turn off mobile phones on flights will soon be a thing of the past.

ABC news reported Australians will be able to use their phones on flights, after the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) approved phone use after consultation with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

A special on-board system that relays mobile signals will need to be installed. That system cannot carry more than one signal provider, which means phone use could be limited to one telco provider per plane.

Telstra has reportedly contested the scheme, claiming it ‘would artificially restrict mobile traffic to one provider aboard each aircraft'.

Should technology be developed in the future that would allow alternative routes to communication, ACMA said it would consider those in lieu of the current proposed scheme.

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