Mobile carriers in the US are in the process of shutting down their 3G networks to make room for growing 4G LTE and emerging 5G technologies. For some time, we have known that Verizon will be shutting down its 3G network at the end of this year. Most recently, AT&T also announced the end of its 3G network in February of 2022 and will cease all activations on its 3G network no later than February of 2020. Note AT&T’s “no later” comment with the additional announcement that it may be necessary to turn down one band (either 850 MHz or 1900 MHz) in some markets ahead of February 2022 so that they can re-deploy that spectrum for 4G LTE and 5G networks.
This realignment of spectrum means that the overall QOS (quality of service) in any given area is unpredictable which is problematic for many customers that demand typically higher QOS then is going to be available. The problem for companies whose business depends on 3G network connectivity and that have not already implemented a strategy around network evolution are already at risk. Read more in our latest whitepaper “The end of 3G is rapidly approaching…Is your business ready?” or contact Sprosty Network directly to help your company address the near-term implications to your business and how to build a long-term mediation strategy for mobile connectivity.