Around the world, many of our partners are worrying about the upcoming changes in the shutdown of 2G and 3G networks. This question is probably also relevant to you. Most importantly we have collected all the available information in one article.

Why?

The switch off the 2G and 3G network is commonly referred to as “sunset”. Telecommunications companies are eager to disable these communication channels in order to free up resources when installing a 4G or 5G channel. So, if your owned or maintained devices operate through 2G or 3G communication channels, one day they may stop working. Therefore, you need to look-out if 2G or 3G networks are not shutting down in your area. If they are, you need to prepare for this sunset.

2G and 3G are still the main channels for IoT and M2M devices due to lower modem prices compared to 4G. In addition, due to the minimum amount of data sent, the 4G connection is not required for IoT and M2M devices. However, technology is moving forward, making 2G and 3G networks obsolete.

Preparations

From our experience, we can say choosing only one communication channel involves more risk. We recommend having an additional communication module that allows switching to an alternative channel than the cellular network. This way, if in time the used cellular technology gets shut down or disrupted, the alarm system can still work and send reports through the alternative channel.

If you will prepare in advance, the 2G and 3G “sunset” will not be complicated and difficult for your business and development. You can avoid any headaches by adapting to the right equipment and solutions.

To start your migration to LTE, you can install TRIKDIS communicators G16 and G16T. You can connect the W485 module and use Wi-Fi as an additional communication channel. Or E485 for wired Ethernet connection. The success of the security business is based on continuous operation and preparedness. When new network technologies are implemented in time, your customer’s property will remain connected to the monitoring station. You will be able to run your daily operations smoothly.

 

GRADE 4

Alarm Communicators

Cellular communicator G16T

GRADE 4

Alarm Communicators

Cellular communicator G16

Shutdown schedule:

South America:

United States

AT&T

2G shutdown:  January  2017

3G Latest  Activations:  June  26, 2019

3G Shutdown: February 2022

Verizon

2G Last Shutdown:  June  30, 2018

2G Shutdown: December 31, 2019

3G Latest Activations: June 30, 2018

3G shutdown: 31 December 2019

T-Mobile

2G shutdown date: 31.12.2020

Sprint

2G shutdown: 2021 31  December

Last 3G  activation: 2019 April  30

3G shutdown: 31 December 2022

Canada

Bell Mobility

2G shutdown: 31/01/2017 – 06/06/2017 (depending on region)

Telus Mobility

2G shutdown: 31 May 2017

Rogers Wireless

Latest 2G activations: July 1, 2018

2G availability extension: 31 December 2020

3G shutdown: End of 2022

Mexico

AT&T

2G shutdown: 2020 Start

Telefonica

2G shutdown: September 2020

Asia:

China

China Mobile

3G shutdown: January 1, 2020

China Unicom

2G shutdown: January 1, 2020

India

Airtel

3G shutdown: March 2020

Reliance

2G and 3G shutdown date: March 2020

Japan

Kddi

2G shutdown date: March 2008

Softbank

2G shutdown date: 31.3.2010

South Korea

Others

2G shutdown: March 19, 2012

Taiwan

All supplyers are regulated by the government

2G shutdown: July 1, 2017

3G shutdown: 31 December 2018

Thailand

Allsupplyers are regulated by the government

2G shutdown: October 31, 2019

Europe:

Vodafone across Europe

2G shutdown: off until 2025

Switzerland

Swisscom (and Liechtenstein)

2G shutdown: January 1, 2021

Sunrise Communications

2G shutdown: 31 December 2018

Netherlands

T-Mobile

2G shutdown: 15 November 2020

Norway

Telia

3G shutdown: End of 2019

Telenor

2G shutdown: 31 December 2025

3G shutdown: sometime in 2020

Sweden

Telia

3G shutdown: 2025

Germany

Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile)

2G shutdown: 31 December 2020

Oceania:

Australia

Telstra

2G shutdown: December 1, 2016

3G shutdown: March 25, 2019
(connection disabled at 2100MHz frequency, services maintained at 850MHz frequency)

3G full shutdown: 2020 – 2030

Optus

2G shutdown: August 1, 2017

Vodafone

2G shutdown: 30 June 2018

3G shutdown: March 18, 2019
(Off 2100MHz, continuous 3G support 900MHz)

New Zealand

Spark

2G CDMA shutdown date: 31.7.2012

2degrees

2G shutdown date: 15.3.2018

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