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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

3G Networks Scheduled for Shutdown by Year’s End, Urgent Action Required by Businesses

As the year draws to a close, several major mobile networks are poised to phase out their 3G services, compelling businesses to either ensure their devices support 4G services or undergo necessary upgrades to avoid operational disruptions.

Vodafone and EE are leading the charge in discontinuing their 3G services, with Vodafone set to fully deactivate its 3G network by December 2023, followed by EE in early 2024.

This decision aligns with a government accord involving the four primary network providers – Vodafone, EE, O2, and Three – to sunset their 2G and 3G services by 2033. However, the specific timing of service termination is at the discretion of each provider before the agreed date. Consequently, businesses could encounter connectivity challenges if they have not already transitioned to upgraded devices.

Darren Thompson, Head of Sales at Bamboo Technology Group, stated, “The sunset of the 3G network is expected to have a significant impact on businesses heavily reliant on IoT technology. This encompasses sectors such as transportation, employing SIM cards for tracking, retail utilising point-of-sale payment terminals, and firms with non-WiFi-connected security systems, among others.”

3G networks facilitate voice and video streaming, in addition to providing internet access when Wi-Fi is unavailable. While newer and faster 4G and 5G networks have outpaced 3G, the latter continues to offer connectivity to various devices such as tablets with SIM card support, alarm systems, and older mobile phones used by employees who don’t require advanced features.

By phasing out 2G and 3G networks, the government aims to allocate spectrum for 5G technologies and beyond, enhance network efficiency, and bolster security and resilience within the UK’s mobile networks.

Nonetheless, several countries, including the USA, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, have already initiated their 3G shutdowns. Consequently, business travel could be adversely affected by the 3G closure, potentially leading to roaming issues where staff members are unable to make calls or access data without Wi-Fi connectivity.

“The transition to faster, more efficient networks is undoubtedly positive, but businesses must act now to ensure their essential operations remain unaffected,” underscored Darren.

He continued, “The process of upgrading to 4G-compatible devices need not be excessively costly. Our team can assist businesses in formulating a strategic plan, ensuring their connectivity requirements are met in alignment with their future growth.”

For further insights into the impending 3G shutdown and its implications for businesses, you can access Bamboo’s informative guide.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.


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