UK will phase out 2G/3G in 2033

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In the near future, the UK will cease to support 2G/3G networks

The government has announced that the UK will eliminate 2G/3G mobile phones by 2033.

With mobile-network operators Vodafone and EE, Virgin Media (O2, Three), the switch-off date was agreed.

BT, EE’s owner, announced plans in July to eliminate 3G and 2G from the network by 2023. Many other companies are also phasing down technology supporting the services.

Nadine Dorries, Culture Secretary of the UK, stated that the move will help make the transition to faster networks smoother.

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She stated that 5G technology has already transformed people’s lives, and their businesses. It connects people all over the UK to faster mobile data, and makes them more productive.

It also pledged a financial boost to the UK’s future-proof mobile networks. This will end Britain’s over-reliance upon a handful of suppliers, and allow new equipment-makers to make their way into the UK.

“Today, we are announcing a further £50m to put the UK at the forefront of mobile connectivity and to make sure our telecoms networks are safe and secure now and in the future,” Ms Dorries said.

‘Consumer-protection dimension’

Matthew Howett from Assembly Research stated that the Government’s deadline of 2033 would be met sooner than expected.

All older devices will be affected by the switch-off, including 3G-only phones.

Howett stated, “It would be vital for the government to take action on behalf of consumers that may be slow in adapting.”

He stated that there is an important aspect of all this for consumer protection.

There will be some users who still use a 2G/3G handset for emergency calls. However, smart meters that run on the 2G network are also available.

To avoid disruption, it is crucial that all stakeholders are involved.

Coverage for 5G

Amazon informed users in July that some older Kindle models might soon not be able to connect to the Internet.

According to Amazon, “some Kindle e-readers of the previous generation will no longer be able use cellular connections through 2G and 3G networks to access the internet starting in 2021.” The tech giant informed US customers.

5G coverage in the UK is currently being extended.

EE revealed that by 2028, customers could receive 5G from “anywhere” within the country in July.


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