What global and regional trends in 2G and 3G network switch-offs? 09 August 23 Andre Moura Gomes

Around the world, multiple mobile network operators (MNOs) shut down 2G and 3G networks or have plans to do so in the coming years.

This Global Trends report details the status of 2G and 3G switch-offs worldwide, outlining the factors that contribute to accelerating or decelerating switch-offs in specific regions.

  • Several countries in the Asia-Pacific region turned off their 2G networks a few years ago, and the 3G switch-off is likely to speed up soon.
  • In the Americas, operators in the US and Canada have already switched off their 2G networks, but only the US has shut down 3G services.
  • In Europe, many operators are planning to turn off their 3G networks or have already done so.
  • Only a few operators in the Middle East and North Africa have shut down or announced they will shut down their 2G and 3G networks.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to take longer to switch off 2G and 3G services, considering their relevance for consumers in the region.

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