What Does the 3G Switch-Off Mean for Your Business?

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Mobile networks have already started phasing out 3G services across the UK. This move aims to free up space for stronger and faster 4G and 5G coverage, but what does it mean for your business?

  • Vodafone have already switched off the 3G network in several locations across the UK, and the final phase will take place in January 2024.   
  • EE switch-off began in January, aiming for completion by March 2024.
  • Virgin Media O2‘s phased switch-off will begin in 2025, concluding by year-end.
  • Three UK 3G masts will be switched off from April 2024, starting in the Midlands and some Welsh border towns. 

Will Your Business be Affected?

The 3G switch off will not only affect mobiles. If your business relies on IoT devices operating on 3G, immediate action is essential. These can include:

• Telecare alarms – This is a security device which offers remote support to elderly, disabled and vulnerable people who live alone in their own homes.

• Security alarms

• ATMs

• Payment Terminals – This device is also known as a point of sale which takes payment from cards during a purchase.

Businesses will need to upgrade their networks if they have any of these devices to ensure it still works once 3G networks are switched off across the country.

Understanding the Generations:

Mobile technology has evolved through various generations (G’s):

  • 2G: Used for calls, texts, and basic data applications. Still functional but limited.
  • 3G: Introduced in the early 2000s, offering basic data services but slower than newer options.
  • 4G: Boasting faster data speeds and services like 4G Calling for improved audio quality. Covers over 99% of the UK population.
  • 5G: The latest generation with significantly faster speeds, lower latency, and increased capacity. Enables innovative applications like remote surgery and smart factories.

How will the switch of support businesses?

  • Stronger, Faster Networks: Repurposed 3G frequencies will enhance 4G and 5G coverage, benefiting all users.
  • Future-Proofing your Business: Upgrading to 4G or 5G opens doors to innovative applications and improved efficiency.
  • Environmental Impact: 5G is more energy-efficient than 3G, aligning with sustainability goals.

Don’t wait until the last minute!

Not sure if you’re ready for the switch off? Trinsic® can help you future proof your business and leverage the power of advanced mobile networks.

Visit Trinsic.co.uk to find out more.