The cellular infrastructure that is required in order to support 3G technology will soon be shut down. Cellular companies have made the decision to phase out their 2G and 3G networks in favor of newer 4G LTE™ communication. Recently, these companies have become more aggressive in pursuing this goal. Verizon has already announced a complete shutdown of their 3G network by the end of the 2019 calendar year. This is following last year’s termination of activating new 2G cards. Other carriers are likely to follow suit, with expected shutdown dates as early as 2020.
There are a few different reasons that carriers have chosen to do away with 2G and 3G. One main reason is that the elimination of 2G and 3G networks is more cost effective for cellular companies. In addition, more users and devices can connect onto the LTE™ network than onto 3G networks. Another reason is that it will allow the networks to shift their focus to further improving 4G LTE™ technology. Without having to manage the 2G and 3G cellular infrastructure, they can put more time into making 4G LTE™ communication more efficient and reliable, as well as increasing its overall speed for all users. The good news is that the elimination of 3G is advantageous for 4G LTE™ users.
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LTE is a trademark of ETSI.June 20, 2019