A major mobile phone company has announced a major network restructuring in a Scottish town.
Vodafone announced that the company is shutting down its 3G network across Glasgow after 20 years.
The provider introduced 3G in Great Britain back in 2003.
But times have changed and the focus is now on advanced, super-fast services like 4G and 5G.
The company has announced that it will switch off 3G completely by early 2024 Ofcom.
However, it will be switched off as early as this month in some major cities, including Glasgow, Hull and Oxford.
Customers in these cities will no longer be able to use 3G networks until the end of July and Plymouth and Basingstoke have already had their networks switched off.
It’s part of a nationwide shutdown, and two other cellular networks are also planning to phase it out.
Both EE and Three expect to shut it down by the end of 2024.
O2 has yet to announce a timeframe to do the same.
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However, all network operators have declared that 2G services will no longer be offered after 2033.
Until then, the 2G network for calls and SMS will remain in place.
It is claimed that the shutdown will free up resources to focus on improving 4G and moving on Introduction of 5G.
However, the plan will result in some customers losing internet access altogether.
It is estimated that around 5.5 million people in the UK currently use devices running on either 2G or 3G networks.
But those who own older devices will no longer be able to access most of their mobile data services after the phase-out.
Ofcom has strongly advised anyone who has a device that doesn’t allow 4G or 5G connectivity to get a new device if they want to continue accessing mobile data when it’s turned off.
They added that your wireless service provider will contact you to let you know if you’re affected and what steps you need to take.
Vodaphone, EE, Three and O2 are the four largest mobile operators in the UK.
All other mobile phone companies offer their services via these networks.
For example, Lebara Mobile, Asda Mobile, Talk Mobile and VOXI all use the Vodafone network.
The EE network includes Co-op, 1p Mobile, Utility Warehouse, Ecotalk, Plusnet and BT Mobile.
ID Mobile and Smarty, Freedompop and Superdrug Mobile use the Three network.
And Tesco Mobile, Giffgaff, Sky Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Lycamobile all use the O2 network.
All 3G turn-off times for these providers match those of the network they use.
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