Mobile Networks, from next year will be performing their big 3g mobile data network switch off. Here’s what it means for you.
The UK’s mobile network providers currently use four different ‘generations’ of mobile technology: 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G. The 3G networks have been around for nearly 20 years and are used to deliver calls, texts, and lower speed data services.
Mobile network providers have decided to switch off their 3G networks, starting from early next year. This will affect customers on those networks using older mobile devices and services. If they have a 4G or 5G mobile device or service, this change is unlikely to affect them and may only require a software update.
3G networks rely on older, less efficient technology
Mobile providers are switching off the 3G data networks to make room for the more advanced 4G and 5G networks. 4G and 5G give customers better, faster and more reliable stable services.
Providers are switching off their networks at different times
Each mobile provider is setting its own timetable for its 3G network switch-off. These timings might change and it’s advised to check the mobile provider’s website for the latest updates:
- Vodafone is starting its switch-off in early 2023 with final areas being switch off in the 1st quarter of 2024 including Doncaster.
- EE plans to start its switch-off in early 2024
- Three expects to switch-off by the end of 2024
- O2 is starting its switch-off by the end of 2023
What this may mean for some of our mobile customers
In the crossover between 3G being switched off and 5G being upgraded across the UK, this will force more traffic to run through 4G, meaning in certain areas and at certain peak times, customers may experience more congestion at the network, resulting in potentially slower speeds or interruption to data services. This will be temporary, whilst 5G is rolled out and upgraded.
For more information
Please contact our customer services team on email@example.com or via 01302 260195 for more information on the 3g mobile network switch off.