As the commercialization of 5G continues to grow in different regions, older network solutions will go into extinction. Recent reports that emerged from the South Korean telecom operator, LG U+ (LG Uplus) on Friday said that it will stop providing 2G services before the end of June this year. This move marks the complete end of South Korea’s 2G network.
According to LG U+, the company has applied to the government to terminate 2G business operations and will determine the specific time limit for terminating the service. Prior to this, SK Telecom, one of the two other telecommunications operators in South Korea, terminated its 2G service in July last year, and Korea Telecom (KT) closed its 2G network as early as 2012.
LG U+ said that with the launch of new networks including 5G, 2G networks have been rarely used for many years. The aging of telecommunications equipment and the lack of terminal equipment supporting 2G have led to a decrease in users.
According to data from the South Korean Ministry of ICT, as of the end of November last year, LG U+ had 374,000 2G users, only 2.5% of the operator’s 14.8 million users. LG U+ said that with the shutdown of the 2G business, the company will focus on improving 5G services.
At present, the company has 2.5 million 5G users. According to reports, South Korea first launched 2G mobile services in 1996. This means that the 2G network in South Korea lasted for 25 years.