Wait, there are still IoT applications using 2G?
And with the best coverage of all generations, it’s a low-cost option to run across large deployments, making it perfect for sensors, tracking, and monitoring. In fact, the UK government’s national smart meter roll-out still largely depends on 2G.
Why are networks shutting down 2G and 3G?
With demand for 5G increasing, MNOs are faced with a choice. Continue using resources to maintain 2G and 3G networks, or shut them down and reuse the spectrum for the far more powerful and efficient 5G.
When will 2G / 3G sunset happen?
3G has long been a mainstay because of its voice capabilities—a feature 4G struggled with early on. But with 4G now able to handle the majority of voice traffic, and 2G being the more attractive option to support most IoT applications, 3G no longer has much reason to stick around. So critical IoT applications that run on 3G such as CCTV will need to switch connectivity—and fast.
In the UK, both EE and Vodafone have confirmed the phasing out of 3G by 2022, while they’ll continue to support 2G until 2025.
O2 and Three have confirmed their 2G / 3G sunsets, but are yet to pin down timelines.
What are my options?
So for technology that doesn’t require a significant increase in bandwidth, data usage, or low latency, there are other options:
– Utility monitoring
– Predictive maintenance
– Asset monitoring
If your solution is in an area covered by Sigfox, this is a good option.
– Precision farming
– Manufacturing automation
– Asset tracking
Since you (or a partner) build your own LoRaWAN network, coverage is only limited by where you want to deploy.
– Smart cities
– Utility monitoring
4G LTE connectivity
– Mobile broadband
– Retail POS
Navigating the 2G / 3G sunset
No need to worry—we’re here to make the switch simple for you and your customers. We’ll analyse your current solutions and upcoming projects, find a connectivity match that’s perfect for your business needs, and build you a roadmap for seamless deployment.
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