UK networks to drop 2G and 3G by 2025

The mobile landscape is ever-evolving, and as we bid farewell to the second and third generations of mobile phone networks, exciting advancements await us. In this article post, we’ll delve into the recent announcement by the UK government and major mobile network operators (MNOs) regarding the retirement of 2G and 3G networks and the implications for consumers.

In December 2021, the UK government, in collaboration with leading MNOs – EE, Virgin Media O2, Vodafone, and Three – announced an industry-led initiative to switch off 2G and 3G networks in the country. The plan is to complete this transition by 2033, with a likelihood of an earlier completion date.

Already underway, the MNOs are gradually phasing out their 3G networks. EE, Vodafone, and Three have set 2024 as the target year, while Virgin Media O2 plans to follow suit in 2025. The shift will redirect focus towards 4G and 5G networks for mobile services.

Fleet trackers, powered by 2G and 3G networks, have been instrumental in providing real-time location data, optimising routes, and enhancing overall fleet efficiency. As the UK moves towards 4G and 5G networks, fleet managers need to navigate this shift seamlessly to ensure uninterrupted operations.

Fleet trackers relying on 3G networks may experience limitations as the network is gradually phased out. It becomes imperative for businesses to assess their current tracking systems and consider upgrading to devices compatible with 4G and 5G networks. This shift not only ensures continued functionality but also opens up opportunities for enhanced features and capabilities.

Steps for Fleet Managers:

 Evaluate the current fleet tracking systems and identify devices relying on 2G or 3G networks.

Stay informed about the timelines provided by mobile network operators for the phasing out of 2G and 3G networks.

Plan for the transition by considering the upgrade of fleet trackers to 4G and 5G-compatible devices.

Work closely with fleet tracking solution providers to understand their roadmap for network transition and explore available upgrade options.

The evolution of mobile networks impacts various industries, and fleet management is no exception. As 2G and 3G networks make way for 4G and 5G, fleet managers have the opportunity to embrace advanced technologies, ensuring a seamless transition and unlocking new possibilities for efficient and effective fleet tracking. Stay proactive, stay connected – the future of fleet management is evolving.

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