The 3G Network Shutdown & How it Will Impact You

The 3G Network Shutdown & How it Will Impact You

The 3G shutdown is inevitable. As technology advances, older networks like 3G become obsolete. It’s time to prepare for the future by transitioning to faster and more reliable networks like 4G and 5G. Take advantage of faster internet speeds, improved connectivity, and better overall user experience. 

Be prepared for the 3G shutdown!

Why Is There a 3G Network Retirement?

Telecommunications providers are gradually phasing out and eventually shutting down 3G networks, commonly called the 3G sunset. This prevents these devices from fully falling back on 3G networks because of the 3G shutdown.The lack of infrastructure to support VoLTE roaming will hinder communication for users with VoLTE-equipped devices. 

With newer networks like 4G LTE and 5G, we are experiencing a shift in how we consume and interact with technology. These advanced networks offer lightning-fast speeds, significantly lower latency, and improved overall efficiency. They pave the way for high-definition video streaming, real-time gaming, and technologies like autonomous cars and advanced augmented reality.

By shutting down 3G networks, carriers can free up valuable spectrum for faster and more 

modern networks. This helps to optimize the use of limited spectrum resources and enables carriers to deliver improved services to users.

With the 3G shutdown, consumers will lose core functionalities on their devices. Network providers that don’t offer solutions to rectify this will be losing revenue to providers who implement solutions.

What Will Be Affected by the 3G Shutdown?

When your network carrier shuts down 3G networks, some devices no longer have some functionalities. Consumers and businesses must stay informed about these changes and promptly update or replace their devices or services when necessary.

Mobile Phones

Since 2001, 3G networks have enabled wireless mobile telecommunications and some phones will no longer be able to access a network with the 3G shutdown. While the phone may be able to power on, it won’t be able to take or receive calls. 

When a roaming user from a non-VoLTE network enters a network that no longer supports 3G, they will not be able to revert to 3G networks for voice connections. As a result, they will be unable to access data services. When a customer from a home provider that has retired their 3G network enters a non-VoLTE roaming network, they will not be able to connect to 3G for both voice and data.

IoT Devices

Many home devices depend on connectivity on the outdated 3G system. This includes IoT devices like security systems, older Amazon Kindle devices, emergency response systems, alarms, and thermostats. Even some wearable technology like smartwatches will no longer have network connectivity. 

M2M Devices

Many machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT devices may rely on 3G connectivity for data transmission and remote management. This includes devices such as:

  • Environmental sensors
  • Vending machines
  • ATMs
  • Industrial equipment

For instance, a vending machine may use this system to inform another device about the available inventory quantity.

GPS Navigation Devices

The future of standalone GPS navigation devices that rely on 3G connectivity is at risk. As the 3G shutdown looms, these devices may lose access to crucial real-time traffic information, maps, and directions.

How Do I Know If My Phone Will Work After 3G Shutdown?

You can determine this by checking your phone specifications online to see whether or not it supports newer cellular networks. Phones with 4G LTE or 5G network capabilities will continue functioning even after the 3G shutdown. If you are still unsure, check with your network carrier.

Will My Car Be Affected by the 3G Shutdown?

If your vehicle relies on any form of 3G connectivity services, then you may lose some functionalities. Some older model cars may rely on 3G networks for telematics. This is what enables features such as remote start, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics, and stolen vehicle tracking. 

Built-in emergency systems, like GM’s OnStar or Mercedes-Benz’s mbrace, that detect incidents and accidents work anymore. Real-time traffic updates and music streaming that depends on 3G technology won’t work after the 3G shutdown.

Does the 3G Shutdown Affect WIFI?

When network operators shut down 2G and 3G networks, it will not affect your Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi and 3G cellular networks are different technologies. Wi-Fi is a wireless networking protocol that enables devices to connect to the internet or communicate within a local network. 

3G is a generation of mobile network standards offered by telecommunication companies.

The infrastructure for Wi-Fi and 3G services are also different. Wi-Fi uses a local router to distribute internet connectivity. However, you connect to 3G services through cell towers owned and operated by mobile network providers.

Evolve with Better Network Solutions

With the 3G Network shutdown, you can’t leave your customers in the dark. Many individuals and businesses depend on consistent network connectivity. Syniverse offers Inbound and Outbound roaming after the 3G sunset. Help them to stay connected with Evolved Mobility.

Be prepared for the 3G shutdown!

For more information, get in touch with our experts!

( Product Owner- Senior Director )

As Product Owner- Senior Director, Brian Beach oversees the Evolved Mobility product portfolio for VoLTE to 3G roaming as used by tier 1 US operators today. This addresses their 3G sunset concerns and provides a gentle pathway to true VoLTE roaming. Brian has a long breadth of experience in IMS services that reside on Syniverse’s IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) network, including VoLTE (Voice over LTE), VoWiFi, Video over LTE and RCS (Rich Communications Services). He joined Syniverse as a member of the Research and Development team in 2005, when he began working with IMS and next-generation messaging, leading the technical aspects of the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) global presence and IMS trials. Mr. Beach later moved into the Product Management department where he spearheaded the company’s IMS Exchange product – a session aware P2P Hub for RCS and VoLTE interconnect. Over the last several years he has been focusing on roaming solutions to help operators address the oncoming legacy sunsets that will create a significant roaming gap between VoLTE and non-VoLTE operators. Mr. Beach holds a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Tennessee.



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