2G Sunset - News update

Important information for Wireless Logic customers

With a number of key applications utilising 2G connectivity, particularly in the US, services in Singapore and Australia, the ‘sunset’ of these services has now commenced. AT & T has now concluded its sunset. To ensure that your SIM-based assets are uneffected or prepared for these changes, please read the following information. Whilst we will try to maintain this list as accurately as possible, we are not tracking each network globally for updates. Officially networks only need to give three months’ notice to confirm the shutdown of 2G.

The Wireless Logic team are on hand to talk through the impact in detail and are ready to propose alternative strategies if you are affected. Call 0300 056 3300.

When and why?

With two principle technologies powering 2G – GSM & CDMA, both have been hit with the proliferation of 4G driven by data-hungry mobile devices and applications. Whilst CDMA has coped by sharing their spectrum with 3G and freeing up capacity for 4G deployment, GSM has been less fortunate with providers having to eventually ‘sunset’ 2G networks in favour of 3G/4G LTE.

The impact

Whilst some carriers will continue to support the 2G spectrum up to around 2020/2021, the inevitability is that users must now start the transition process. For some, technology in use may be coming to its natural end. For others, the costs of decommissioning, upgrading and/or complete replacement of devices must be considered.
And where applications simply don’t need the capacity of the new spectrums, it’s important to consider the long-term impact of the 2G sunset. This may involve migration, SIM-swap to networks still committed for the mid-term, or device change.

Next steps

With key decisions to be made, Wireless Logic will be on hand to review current deployments and lay out the most appropriate strategies to ensure business continuity, at the right cost. With a number of customers utilising both national and global 2G connections in US-based projects, now is the time to talk.

Specific Network Turn-Off Dates

USA

AT&T has now shut down its 2G network.

Canada

Rogers GSM/GPRS Network
July 1, 2018 – No new GSM/GPRS (2G) activations.
January 1, 2019 – Access to network provided, but without warranty.
December 31, 2020 – GSM/GPRS (2G) network fully decommissioned.

Taiwan

Taiwan Mobile has now shut down its 2G network.

Singapore

M1, Singtel and StarHub have now shut down their 2G networks.

Australia

Vodafone Australia has now shut down its 2G network.

Optus has now shut down its 2G network.

Egypt

Orange Egypt has announced they will switch off 2G soon.

New Zealand

2degrees New Zealand (NZLNH)
March 15, 2018 – 2G (GSM) services will terminate