Verizon is placing its plan to shutter its legacy 3G community on indefinite maintain.
Speaking to Light Reading this week, Verizon spokesperson Kevin King mentioned that the corporate’s “3G network is operational” and that it doesn’t “have a plan to shut it down at this time.”
Verizon has introduced obscure plans to shutter its 3G community on a number of events. Naturally, this began in 2012 after Verizon deployed its 4G community.
A number of years after the deployment of its 4G community, Verizon mentioned that will deactivate its 4G community by December 2019. Of course, that didn’t occur and the date was pushed again to someday in 2020.
Perhaps the pandemic disrupted Verizon’s plans to get these final 3G clients onto 4G – and even 5G – networks, however 2020 is now within the rearview (can’t say it’ll be missed) and Verizon’s 3G continues to be stay.
We don’t know what number of clients stay on Verizon’s 3G community, but it surely have to be substantial sufficient to maintain it operating for the foreseeable future. Early 3G-connected IoT units might bulk out the numbers a bit.
Strangely, after Verizon stopped activating 3G telephones in 2018 “to facilitate a smooth transition to LTE-capable products and services,” the corporate mentioned that the majority site visitors was already on its 4G community. Given time and the launch of a brand new cell community technology, you’d suppose that allegedly small variety of 3G units would have dwindled additional.
King famous that, for these remaining 3G clients, Verizon will work “to move them to newer technology.”
AT&T plans to shutter its personal 3G community in early 2022 to carry clients “faster speeds and new features.”
T-Mobile’s plan is a bit vaguer however the community would require telephones to help VoLTE by Jan 31st, 2021 which goes to knock out a good chunk of any holdouts nonetheless on 3G.
Interested in listening to business leaders talk about topics like this? Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming occasions in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.