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2G & 3G Network Closures

Why are 2G & 3G networks being phased out?

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across the globe are starting to phase out their 3G (and eventually 2G) networks to make way for 5G.

Networks are calling it sunsetting. But with large numbers of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications still relying on 3G and 2G services, owners of these solutions must consider the need for decommissioning, SIM swaps, upgrading and/or complete replacement of devices.

The sunset of these technologies has been a concern for Internet of Things (IoT) product developers for some time. The impact on IoT deployments depends on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the cellular module in use, the SIM type, the configuration of connectivity and the availability of alternative bearer services. We are advising all customers to assess the likely impact of specific network sunsets on their end-to-end deployments.

The next generation of IoT products will use 4G, 5G and the latest Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies to ensure they remain connected throughout their lifecycle.

See global sunset dates for each network

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A successful migration to LPWAN, 4G or 5G needs careful planning. Sit down with a Wireless Logic IoT connectivity expert and…

  • We will assess your current and projected 3G/2G IoT applications
  • We will propose a range of options and help you map out a deployment or transition plan
  • We’ll focus on future proofing your deployment and optimising the Total Cost of Ownership

Our ‘Preparing for the sunset of 2G & 3G’ guide, gives an easy to understand explanation of the changes and the steps that you should take to prepare for them.

In this guide you will discover:

  • sunsetting in more detail, why it’s happening and the impact and timescales
  • the capabilities and features of the next generation LPWAN technologies
  • your next steps to future-proof your existing or planned IoT deployments

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2G & 3G Network Sunset Dates

Whilst we will try to maintain this list as accurately as possible, we are not tracking each network globally for updates. Networks not appearing on this table may not have publicly stated their plans for 2G or 3G network sunsets. Officially networks only need to give three months’ notice to confirm the shutdown of network services.

COUNTRYNETWORKSERVICECLOSUREDETAILS
AlbaniaVodafone - Albania2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
AustraliaOptus2G20172G network closed in 2017
AustraliaVodafone Australia2G20182G network closed in 2018
AustraliaTelstra2G20162G network closed in 2016
AustraliaTelstra3GJun-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
AustriaA1 Telekom Austria3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
AustriaT-Mobile Austria3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
BahrainBahrain Telecommunications2GNov-212G network closed in 2021
BahrainZain Bahrain3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
BangladeshGrameenphone Ltd3G2026Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
BelgiumOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
BelgiumOrange2GDec-30Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
BrazilSercomtel2G20162G network closed in 2016
BulgariaA1 Bulgaria3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
CambodiaSmart Axiata3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
CanadaSaskTel2GJul-172G Network closed in 2017
CanadaRogers2GDec 212G not supported from Dec-2021
CanadaRogers3G3G Network closure timing unconfirmed
ChinaChina Unicom2GDec-213G Network closure in 2021
ChinaChina Mobile3GDec-203G network closure in 2020
Czech RepublicT-Mobile Czech Republic2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
Czech RepublicVodafone Czech Republic a.s.2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
Czech RepublicT-Mobile Czech Republic3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
Czech RepublicO2 Czech Republic3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
Czech RepublicVodafone Czech Republic3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
DenmarkNuuday3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
DenmarkTelenor2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
DenmarkTelia2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
DenmarkTelenor3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
DenmarkTelia3GSep-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
DenmarkTDC3GMar-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Denmark3 Denmark3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
DenmarkThree3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
EstoniaTelia Eesti2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
EstoniaTelia Eesti3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Finlandlands Telekommunikation2GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
FinlandDNA2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
FinlandTelia Finland2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
FinlandTelia Finland3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
FinlandDNA3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
FinlandElisa3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
FranceOrange France3GDec-28Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
FranceOrange France2GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
FranceBouygues TŽlŽcom3GNo plans announced for 3G network closure
FranceBouygues TŽlŽcom2GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
FranceSFR2GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
FranceSFR3GNo plans announced for 3G network closure
GermanyVodafone2GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
GermanyTelefonica Germany2GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
GermanyDeutsche Telekom2GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
GermanyVodafone2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
GermanyDeutsche Telekom3G20213G Network closure in 2021
GermanyVodafone3G20213G Network closure in 2021
GermanyTelefonica Germany3G20213G Network closure in 2021
GreeceVodafone-Panafon Hellenic2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
GreeceCosmote Mobile Telecommunications3GFeb-223G Network closed in 2022
GreeceVodafone-Panafon Hellenic3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
GreeceWind Hellas Telecommunications3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Hong KongChina Mobile2GDec-202G Services withdrawn in Dec 2020
Hong KongHong Kong Telecommunications (HKT)2GSep-212G network closed in 2021
Hong KongHutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong2GSep-212G network closed in 2021
Hong KongSmarTone Mobile Communications2GDec 222G Services withdrawn in Dec 2021
HungaryVodafone Hungary2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
HungaryVodafone Hungary3GMay-223G Services withdrawn in 2022
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited2GDec-23Phasing out 2G services from Dec-23
IndiaVodafone3GApr-223G Network closed in 2022
IndiaBSNL3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
IndonesiaXL Axiata2GDec-222G network closure by end 2022
IndonesiaXL Axiata3GMar-223G Network closed in 2022
IrelandVodafone Ireland2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
IsraelCellcom Israel2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
IsraelCellcom Israel3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
IsraelPelephone Communication3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
IsraelPartner Communications2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
IsraelPartner Communications3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
ItalyTelecom Italia2GJun-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
ItalyTelecom Italia3GJul-223G Network closed in 2022
ItalyVodafone Italia2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
ItalyVodafone Italia3GFeb-213G Network closed in 2021
JapanKDDI3GMar-22CDMA 3G Network closed in 2022
JapanSoftBank3GJan-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
JapanNTT DOCOMO3GMar-26Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
LatviaLatvijas Mobilais Telefons3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
LiechtensteinSwisscom Ltd2G20212G Services withdrawn in 2021
LiechtensteinSwisscom Ltd3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
LithuaniaTelia Lietuva2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
LithuaniaBite Lithuania2GDec-28Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
LithuaniaTelia Lietuva3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
LithuaniaBite Lithuania3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
LuxembourgOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
LuxembourgOrange2GDec-30Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
LuxembourgPOST Luxembourg3GJul-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
MalaysiaCelcom Axiata Berhad3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
MalaysiaDigi Telecommunications3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
MalaysiaMaxis Broadband3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
MalaysiaU Mobile3GDec-213G Network closed in 2021
MALTAVodafone Malta2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
MexicoAT&T Comercializacion Movil2GSep-192G network closed in 2019
MyanmarTelenor Myanmar2GDec-242G switch off estimated by end 2024
MyanmarTelenor Myanmar3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
NetherlandsT-Mobile2GJun-212G Network closed in 2021
NetherlandsVodafone2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
NetherlandsKPN2GNo confirmation of plans for 2G
NetherlandsVodafone3GFeb-203G Network closed in 2020
NetherlandsKPN3GApr-223G network closed in 2022
NetherlandsT-Mobile3GNo timeline announced for 3G network closure
Netherlands AntillesTelcell N.V.2GJan-193G Network closed in 2019
New CaledoniaOffice des Postes et Telecommunications3GJan-30Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
New Zealand2 degrees New Zealand (NZLNH)2GMar-183G Network closed in 2018
New ZealandVodafone New Zealand2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
NorwayTelenor Norge AS2GSep-27Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
NorwayTelia Norge3GNov-213G Network closed in 2021
NorwayTelenor Norge AS3GDec-213G Network closure in 2021
PolandOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
PolandOrange2GDec-30Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
PakistanTelenor Pakistan2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
PakistanTelenor Pakistan3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
PolandT-Mobile Polska3GJan 23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
PortugalVodafone Portugal2GDec-25Likely 2G network closure in 2025
PortugalVodafone Portugal3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Puerto RicoAT&T Mobility Puerto Rico2G20222G network closed in 2022
Puerto RicoAT&T Mobility Puerto Rico3GFeb-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Puerto RicoLiberty Mobile Puerto Rico3GFeb-223G network closed in 2022
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Telephone Company2GMar-222G network closed in 2022
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Telephone Company3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
RomaniaOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
RomaniaOrange2GDec-30Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
RomaniaTelekom Romania2GJan-29Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
RomaniaTelekom Romania3GJul-223G network closed in 2022
RomaniaVodafone Romania2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SlovakiaOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SlovakiaOrange2GDec-213G network closed in 2022
SlovakiaSlovak Telekom3GDec-213G network closed in 2021
Saudi ArabiSaudi Telecom Company (STC)3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SingaporeM12G20172G network closed in 2017
SingaporeSingtel2G20172G network closed in 2017
South AfricaMobile Telephone Networks3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SingaporeStarHub2G20172G network closed in 2017
SpainOrange3GDec-25Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SpainOrange2GDec-30Confirmed Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SpainVodafone2G2025Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SpainMovistar (Telefonica Spain)3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SpainTelefonica3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SpainVodafone3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
Sri LankaDialog Axiata3GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SwedenTele22GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SwedenTelenor Sverige2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SwedenTelia2GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SwitzerlandSalt Mobile2GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SwedenTelenor Sverige3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SwedenTele23GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SwedenTelia3GDec-23Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
SwitzerlandGTEL Mobile2GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SwitzerlandSunrise Communications AG2GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd2GDec-202G network closed in 2020
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd3GDec-25Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
TaiwanChunghwa Telecom2GJun-172G network closed in 2017
TaiwanFar EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd2GJun-172G network closed in 2017
TaiwanChunghwa Telecom3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile2GJun-172G network closed in 2017
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
ThailandCAT Telecom2GOct-192G network closed in 2019
UAEEmirates Integrated Telecommunications2GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
UAEEmirates Telecom2GDec-22Estimated Timeframe for full 2G network closure
UKEE3GJan-23No official support for 3G from January 2023 with cell sites not being repaired from this date. Some locations will have 3G actively removed where 4G coverage is strong, so full National Coverage is not guaranteed. Full 3G shut down in December 2023.
UKVodafone3GJan 23Vodafone plan to switch off their UK 3G network in 2023, with work commencing in Jan-23 and completion by the end of the year. National Coverage and support for 3G services can not be guaranteed from Jan-23.
UKThree3GDec-24Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
UKEE2GEE 2G network closure estimated 2026-2029
UKVodafone2G2026Vodafone 2G network closure will be earliest 2026
UKO22GNo plans announced for 2G network closure
UKO23G3G phase-out confirmed, but no confirmed dates
United StatesAT&T2G20172G network closed in 2017
United StatesVerizon2GDec 20Shut down its 2G CDMA network at end 2020
United StatesSprint2GJan 22CDMA 2G Network closed in 2022
United StatesT-Mobile2GNo date set
United StatesAT&T3GFeb 223G Network closed in 2022
United StatesSprint3GJun-22LTE Network due to be retired. 3G CDMA network retired in March 2022
United StatesT-Mobile3GJul 22Estimated Timeframe for 3G UMTS network closure
United StatesVerizon3GDec 22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure
VietnamGTEL Mobile2GJan-222G Network closed in 2022
VietnamViettel2GMar-222G Network closed in 2022
VietnamVietnamobile2GMar-222G Network closed in 2022
VietnamVNPT2GMar-222G Network closed in 2022
VietnamMobifone2GMar-222G Network closed in 2022
VietnamViettel3GJun-22Estimated Timeframe for full 3G network closure

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