As various regions commences and expands the commercialization of 5G, older network solutions will graduation be going into extinction. Network operators in Germany re already setting timelines for the termination of 3G services in the country.
According to reports, Deutsche Telekom is the third major operator in Germany to announce a date for the end of 3G services. The company revealed that it plans to shut down the 3G network on June 30, 2021. This is to enable the mobile operator to clear the spectrum for 4G and 5G services.
Telefonica Deutschland and Vodafone Germany have since announced their plans to shut down 3G services in 2022. This latest announcement seems to consolidate the 3G situation in Germany. Technically, by 2022, we will see the end of 3G services in Germany.
Deutsche Telekom said the company will use 4G services to fill the 3G coverage gap. However, customers without compatible terminal equipment will have to downgrade to its 2G network. The company added that almost all packages already include 4G access. This means that customers do not need to pay extra.
Dirk Wossner, board member and CEO of Deutsche Telekom, said that as the operator is advancing its 5G deployment in Germany. Its latest move will make way for “the most advanced technology.”
“The 3G switch-off next summer will enable us to further improve our network. We are using the 3G frequency spectrum that is becoming available for the most modern technologies. We want LTE for everyone and we are building Germany’s largest 5G network”.
The shutdown of 3G networks is continuing on a global scale. There have been official announcements of the end of 3G services in India, Spain, the U.S., and other regions.