What happens to the signal if you fly past base stations quickly?

03 April 2011

Question

If you were to use a mobile phone on an aeroplane, what would happen if you were passing between base stations at 500mph?

Answer

Chris - It wouldn't really matter from a radio point of view because radio is moving at the speed of light which is considerably faster than 500 miles an hour. It's whether the network could actually keep up with the very rapid transition between the different cells.

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