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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 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 2G and 3G services, owners of these services must consider the need for decommissioning, SIM swaps, upgrading and/or complete replacement of devices.

The sunset of 2G and 3G technologies has been a concern for Internet of Things (IoT) product developers for some time. With 2G set to be switched off in many countries by 2025 we are now seeing the deployment of the last generation of devices that depend on these standards. The next generation of IoT products will begin to use the latest Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies to ensure they remain connected throughout their lifecycle.

See global sunset dates for each network

Wireless Logic is here to help

A successful migration to LPWAN or 4G 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 optimising your 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 benefits 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 - Albania2GDecember 20252G closed in 2025 at the earliest
AustraliaOptus2G20172G network closed in 2017
AustraliaTelstra2G20162G network closed in 2016
AustraliaTelstra3GJune 2024Indicated 3G network closure by June 2024
AustraliaVodafone Australia2G20182G network closed in 2018
AustriaA1 Telekom Austria3GDecember 20253G network planned closure by end 2025
BahrainBahrain Telecommunications2GDecember 20202G network planned closure by end 2020
BangladeshGrameenphone Ltd3GJuly 20253G sunset likely beyond 2025
BrazilSercomtel2GJuly 20162G Network closed in 2016
BulgariaA1 Bulgaria3GDecember 2025
CanadaRogers2GDecember 2021Phasing out 2G services from December 2021
CanadaRogers3G2025+3G Network closure timing unconfirmed
CanadaSaskTel2GJuly 20172G Network closed in 2017
ChinaChina Mobile3GDecember 20203G network closure by end 2020
ChinaChina Unicom2GDecember 20212G Services being withdrawn by the end of 2021
CroatiaHrvatski Telekom3GDecember 20223G closure by end 2022
Czech RepublicT-Mobile Czech Republic2GDecember 2025
Czech RepublicT-Mobile3GDecember 2021Indicated 3G network closure from December 2020
Czech RepublicVodafone Czech Republic a.s.2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest
DenmarkTelenor2GDecember 20252G network closure estimated by 2025
DenmarkTelenor3GJuly 2022Indicated network closure by July 2022
DenmarkTelia2GDecember 20252G network closure estimated by end the of 2025
DenmarkTelia3GApril 2021Indicated 3G network closure from April 2021
DenmarkTDC3GDecember 2022Phasing out 3G by the end of 2022
Denmark3 Denmark3GDecember 20253G network closure by end 2025
EgyptOrange Egypt 2GIndicated that they will switch off 2G soon
EstoniaTelia Eesti2GDecember 2025
EstoniaTelia Eesti3GDecember 2025
FinlandDNA2GDecember 2025
FinlandDNA3GDecember 2023
FinlandElisa3GDecember 20253G network closure by end 2023
FinlandTelia Finland2GDecember 2025
FinlandTelia Finland3GDecember 2023Indicated 3G network closure by end 2023
France Orange France2G2024No earlier than 2024
FranceOrange France3G2021Removing 3G support from 2021
GermanyDeutsche Telekom2GDecember 2020Indicated 2G network closure by December 2020
GermanyDeutsche Telekom3GJune 2021Indicated 3G network closure by June 2021
GermanyTele2 3G2025Indicated 3G network closure by 2025
GermanyTelefónica Germany3GDecember 2021Indicated 3G Network closure by the end of 2021
GermanyVodafone2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest
GermanyVodafone3GJune 2021Indicated 3G network closure by June 2021
GreeceCosmote Mobile Telecommunications3GDecember 2021Estimated 3G network closure end of 2021
GreeceVodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications2GDecember 2025Indicated 2G network closure by end 2025
GreeceVodafone-Panafon Hellenic3GDecember 2022Indicated 3G network closure by end 2022
Hong KongChina Mobile2GDecember 2020Phasing out 2G services from December 2020
Hong KongHong Kong Telecommunications (HKT)2GSeptember 20212G network switch off by September 21
Hong KongHutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong2GSeptember 20212G network switch off by September 21
Hong KongSmarTone Mobile Communications2GSeptember 20212G network switch off by September 21
HungaryVodafone Hungary2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest0
IndiaBharti Airtel Limited2GDecember 2023Phasing out 2G services from December 2023
IndiaBSNL3GDecember 2024Indicated 3G network closure by end 2024
IndiaVodafone3GJune 2020Indicated 3G network closure by June 2020
IndonesiaXL Axiata2GDecember 20222G network closure by end 2022
IrelandVodafone Ireland2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest
ItalyVodafone Italia2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest
ItalyVodafone Italia3GFebruary 2021Indicated 3G network closure by February 2021
JapanKDDI3GMarch 20223G service is CDMA
JapanNTT DOCOMO3GMarch 2026
JapanSoftBank3GJanuary 2024
LiechtensteinSwisscom Ltd2G2020Indicated 2G network closure by end 2020
LithuaniaTelia Lietuva2GDecember 2025
LithuaniaBite Lithuania2GDecember 2028Estimated closure dates - not confirmed
LithuaniaBite Lithuania3GDecember 2025Estimated closure dates - not confirmed
LithuaniaTelia Lietuva3GDecember 2022Indicated 3G network closure by end 2022
LuxembourgPOST Luxembourg3GJuly 2022
Malaysia Celcom Axiata Berhad 3GDecember 20213G network closure by end 2021
Malaysia Digi Telecommunications 3GDecember 20213G network closure by end 2021
MalaysiaMaxis Broadband3GDecember 20213G network closure by end 2021
MalaysiaU Mobile3GDecember 20213G network closure by end 2021
MaltaVodafone Malta2GDecember 20252G network closed in 2025 at the earliest
MexicoAT&T Comercializacion Movil2GSeptember 20192G network closed in 2019
MyanmarTelenor Myanmar2GDecember 20242G network switch off estimated by end 2024
MyanmarTelenor Myanmar3GDecember 20253G network switch off estimated by end 2025
NepalNepal Doorsanchar3GJuly 2021CDMA to be switched off by July 2021
NepalNepal Telecom3GJuly 2021Indicated 3G network closure by July 2021
NetherlandsKPN 2GNo confirmation of plans for 2G
NetherlandsKPN 3GJanuary 2022Indicated 3G network closure by January 22
NetherlandsTele2 3G2025Indicated 3G network closure in 2025
NetherlandsT-Mobile2GNovember 2020Indicated 2G network closure from November 2020
NetherlandsT-Mobile3G2021Indicated 3G network closure from January 2021
NetherlandsVodafone2GDecember 2025Indicated 2G network closure by end 2025
NetherlandsVodafone3GFebruary 20203G network closed in February 2020
Netherlands AntillesTelcell N.V. 2GJanuary 2019Closed Jan 2019
New Zealand2 degrees New Zealand (NZLNH)2GMarch 2018Shut down its 2G network in March 2018
New ZealandVodafone New Zealand2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure by Dec-25
NorwayTelenor Norge AS 2G2025Indicated 2G network closure in 2025
NorwayTelenor Norge AS 3GDecember 20213G to be phased out during 2020
NorwayTelia Norge2GDecember 20252G network closed by 2025
NorwayTelia Norge3G20213G to be phased out by end of 2021
PakistanTelenor Pakistan2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure in 2025
PakistanTelenor Pakistan3GDecember 2025Likely 3G network closure in 2025
Puerto RicoAT&T Mobility Puerto Rico3GFebruary 2022Likely 3G network closure in February 2022
RomaniaVodafone Romania2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure by December 2025
PortugalVodafone Portugal2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure in 2025
PortugalVodafone Portugal3GMarch 2022Likely 3G network closure in March 22
Puerto Rico AT&T Mobility Puerto Rico 2G20172G network closed in 2017
Saudi ArabiSaudi Telecom Company (STC)3GDecember 2022Likely 3G network closure by December 22
SingaporeM12G20172G network closed in 2017
SingaporeSingtel 2G20172G network closed in 2017
SingaporeStarHub  2G20172G network closed in 2017
SpainMovistar (Telefonica Spain) 3G2025Indicated 3G network closure in 2025
SpainTelefonica3G20253G network closure by end 2025
SpainVodafone2G2025Indicated support for 2G until 2025
SpainVodafone3G2022Phasing out 3G support from 2022
SwedenTele22GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure by December 25
SwedenTele 23GDecember 2025Indicated 3G network support will cease in 2025
SwedenTelenor Sverige2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure by December 25
SwedenTelenor Sverige3GDecember 2025Likely 3G network closure by December 25
SwedenTelia2GDecember 2025Likely 2G network closure by December 25
SwedenTelia3GDecember 2025Indicated 3G network support will cease in 2025
SwitzerlandSunrise Communications AG2G20192G network closed in 2019
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd2GDecember 20202G Network closed at the end of 2020
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd3GDecember 2022Indicated 3G network closure after December 2022
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile2GJune 20172G network closed in 2017
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile3G20193G network closed in 2019
Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom 2GJune 20172G network closed in 2017
TaiwanFar EasTone Telecommunications Co Ltd 2GJune 20172G network closed in 2017
ThailandCAT Telecom2GOctober 20192G network closed in 2019
UAE Emirates Integrated Telecommunications 2GDecember 20222G network closure by end 2022
UAEEmirates Telecom2GDecember 20222G network closure by end 2022
UKEE2G2025Planning to support 2G until 2025
UKEE3G2022Planning to support 3G until 2022
UKO22G20232G phase-out confirmed, but have no confirmed dates
UKO23G20233G phase-out confirmed, but have no confirmed dates
UKThree3G3G phase-out confirmed, but have no confirmed dates
UKVodafone2G2025Planning to support 2G until 2025
UKVodafone3GDecember 2022Phasing out 3G support by end of 2022
USAAT&T2G20172G network closed in 2017
USAAT&T 3G2022Indicated 3G network closure from early 2022
USASprint2GDecember 2021Shut down its 2G CDMA network at end 2020
USAT-Mobile2GDecember 2022Indicated 2G CDMA network closure in December 22
USAT-Mobile3GOctober 20213G service will end on 1 October 2021
USAVerizon2GDecember 2020Shut down its 2G CDMA network at the end of 2020
USAVerizon3GDecember 20223G Network closure to be complete by the end of 2022
Vietnam GTEL Mobile 2GJanuary 2022Indicated 2G network closure from January 2022
VietnamMobifone2GJanuary 2022Likely 2G network closure by January 2022
VietnamVietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT)2GJanuary 2022Likely 2G network closure by January 2022
VietnamVietnamobile Telecommunications2GJanuary 2022Likely 2G network closure by January 2022
VietnamViettel Group2GJanuary 2022Likely 2G network closure by January 2022

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