The UK to end 2G and 3G networks by 2033, focusing on 5G connection

The UK announced today that it will switch off its 2G and 3G networks by 2033 as it has focused more on the newer 5G technology.

As reported by TechRadar, the government said that “the sunset for the aging networks will accelerate the UK’s 5G ambitions and pave the way for future 6G services that deliver a range of benefits to individuals, businesses and society.”

The publication notes that while 4G connectivity is widely available in the UK, fewer people are dependent on 2G and 3G networks.

All four UK carriers have agreed to end the availability of these networks by 2033, but it is likely that the 3G network will be cut off before then, as “the wider availability of 4G in rural areas reduces the need to maintain inferior infrastructure. . “

While turning off 3G will help operators reuse the structure for 4G and 5G networks, it will also reduce costs as companies will be able to turn off power-hungry equipment.

For 2G, on the other hand, it can stay on for a while, as the “lower power requirements make it an ideal standard for mass IoT implementations that require long battery life and minimal bandwidth.”


Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries talked about how 5G will help the UK with faster mobile data and make businesses more productive.

Today we are announcing a further £ 50 million to put the UK at the forefront of mobile connectivity and to ensure that our telecommunications networks are secure now and in the future.

We can only do this through stronger international cooperation, and I will meet with our American allies today as we strengthen our ties on technology.

It is clear that the UK is not the only region with plans to end 3G support, although it will take some time to do so. Earlier this year, US carrier Verizon announced plans to end its 3G network by the end of 2022. The company said:

Since 2016, we have publicly stated that we are actively shutting down our 3G CDMA network. Initially, we announced that we would close our 3G network in 2019. However, we extended our closing date – first to the end of 2020 and now to the end of 2022 – to take care of our customers and give them everything possible. to minimize disruption to their service as they transition to newer and more advanced technologies.

With 5G slowly expanding globally for businesses and customers, it’s only a matter of time before 4G and 5G become the standard. Not only that, but it’s important to note that 5G phones are more affordable than ever, and Apple is planning its cheapest 5G iPhone for 2022 with a third generation iPhone SE.

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