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2G & 3G Network Closure Dates

Why are 2G & 3G networks closing?

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 thousands of machine-to machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications still relying on 2G and 3G services, users of these services must consider the need for decommissioning, SIM swaps, upgrading and/or complete replacement of devices.

A comprehensive list of sunset dates for each network can be found below.

What action should you take?

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.

Download Sunset Guide

To understand the impact on your deployment and for help on how to plan for this change…

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2G & 3G Network Switch-Off Dates

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 network services.

COUNTRYNETWORKSERVICECLOSUREDETAILS
AustraliaVodafone Australia 2G2018Closed its 2G network in 2018
AustraliaOptus 2G2017Closed its 2G network in 2017
CanadaRogers
(GSM/GPRS Network)
2GDec-21Is intending to decommission their 2G network starting from December 2021
EgyptOrange Egypt 2GHas announced they will switch off 2G soon
FranceOrange France 2G2021Have indicated that they will terminate their 2G services in 2021
GermanyTele2 3G2025Have indicated they will shut down their 3G network by 2025
LiechtensteinSwisscom Ltd2G20202G phased out by the end of 2020
NetherlandsKPN2GNo confirmation of plans for 2G
NetherlandsT-Mobile2GNov-20Have indicated that they will shut down their 2G network from November 2020
NetherlandsKPN3GJan-22Have indicated that they will shut down their 3G network in January 2022
NetherlandsT-Mobile3GDec-20Have indicated that they will shut down their 3G network after December 2020
NetherlandsTele2 3G2025Have indicated that they will shut down their 3G network in 2025
NetherlandsVodafone3GJan-20Will stop offering 3G from January 2020
New Zealand2 degrees New Zealand (NZLNH)2GMar-18Shut down its 2G network in March 2018
NorwayTelenor Norge AS 2G2025Have indicated that they will shut down their 2G network in 2025
NorwayTelenor Norge AS 3G20203G to be phased out during 2020
NorwayTelia Norway3G20213G to be phased out by end of 2021
SingaporeM12G2017Shut down their 2G networks 2017
SingaporeSingtel2G2017Shut down their 2G networks 2017
SingaporeStarHub 2G2017Shut down their 2G networks 2017
SpainVodafone2G2025Have indicated that they will be supporting 2G until 2025
SpainMovistar (Telefonica Spain) 3G2025Have confirmed that they will shut down their 3G network in 2025
SpainVodafone3G2022Will be phasing out it’s 3G support from 2022
SwedenTelia3G2025Have indicated that support for their 3G network will cease in 2025
SwitzerlandSunrise Communications AG2GDec-182G switch-off is planned for December 2018
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd2G20202G phased out by the end of 2020
SwitzerlandSwisscom Ltd3GDec-22Have indicated that their 3G switch off will happened after December 2022
UKVodafone2G2025Are planning to support 2G until 2025
UKEE2G2025Are planning to support 2G until 2025
UKVodafone3G2022Will be phasing it’s 3G support from 2022
UKEE3G2022Are planning to support 3G until 2022
UKThree3GHave confirmed they will be phasing out 3G but have no firm dates at the moment
USAAT&T2G2017Shut down its 2G network in 2017
USAVerizon2G2019Is planning to shutdown it’s 2G network by end 2019
USAT-Mobile2G2020Is planning to shutdown it’s 2G network in Dec 2020
USAAT&T3G2022Have indicated that they will start shutting down their 3G/non-LTE 4G (UMTS/HSPA+) networks starting from early 2022. No new activations are being accepted onto this network and 3G coverage may be reduced earlier than this date*
USAVerizon3G2020Has indicated that they intend to shut down it’s 3G network by the end of 2020
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile2G2017Shut down its 2G network in July 2017
TaiwanTaiwan Mobile3G2019Shut down its 3G network in 2019

USA AT&T 3G
* Please note that AT&T roaming partners will continue to turn down their 3G networks in line with their own schedules. Users should take appropriate action to ensure applications and devices remain connected after this time. It is advised that when re-deploying with a new mobile network, users should build in ample time for development and compatibility testing.


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