2G and 3G Shutdown

Malaysia to switch off 3G by 2021: Here are six things you need to know

Progress of 3G sunset in Malaysia. Expected by end of this month

Will be complete shutdown?
What about VoLTE call if coverage is poor it will drop or like VoLTE to VoNR HO there?

Whether 2G is also shutdown?

2G Still around. Not sure the long term plan on this.
I guess this is where the voice call will revert if there’s no LTE coverage for Vo-LTE.

Yes SRVCC to 2G.

3G shutdown dates:


:roll_eyes: Too late even after 5G rollout :roll_eyes:

Yes too late…

Vodafone plans to switch off 3G in the U.K. in 2023.

Similar to operators in the U.S., Vodafone in the U.K. is shutting down its 3G network to make room for newer technologies. In Vodafone UK’s case, it’s giving customers until 2023 to prepare for the transition.

Do we have handsets in the market that only supports 3G? Or even 2G?

Yes, but their ratio is very low.

This is the only concern i see around when we talk about shutting down 3G…

Yes, totally agree with you as this is the main concern of each operator, however if they compared the ratio of UEs supporting only 3G with the UEs supporting only 2G, they will go definetly to switch off 3G network not the 2G network.

If you don’t have 4G in low band, like 700/800/900, best thing to do is to shut down U900 and move to L900.

We can expect to see new operators announce plans to turn off their 2G and 3G technologies.

More details (and download full report) on: https://gsacom.com/paper/2g-3g-switch-off-july-2022-summary-report/


2G-3G Switch-off July-2022 Summary Report

When they were first introduced to the market, 2G and 3G were highly important innovations, but as greater technological advances have emerged, their importance has waned, and usage of both technologies is now diminishing worldwide. As a result, many operators and governments are determining that the older 2G and 3G technologies as well as the spectrum allocated to them should be switched off for the faster and more efficient 4G and 5G networks. This transition is typically referred to as the 2G and 3G switch-off.

Drawing on information collected by the GSA about the switch-off of 2G and 3G around the world, this report focuses on the number of operators that have already shut down these networks, those in the process of doing so and those planning such a move. It also identifies countries and territories that have in progress, completed or planned switch-offs.