T-Mobile Extends Deadline to Switch Off 3G

T-Mobile has pushed back the planned shutdown of Sprint’s 3G network by three months to give its partners extra time to assist customers who will be affected.

The carrier had announced that it would shut down at the end of this year in order to focus spectrum, engineering, and other network resources on its 5G rollout.

T-Mobile claims that its ‘Extended Range’ 5G now covers 308 million people in the US, while it’s Ultra Capacity 5G’ reaches 186 million. It aims to reach 200 million before the end of the year.

T-Mobile’s 3G network

However, it added that its partners had failed to assist customers in this transition and would therefore postpone the 3G implementation.

“It’s become increasingly clear that some of those partners haven’t followed through on their responsibility to help their customers through this shift.

So, we’re stepping up on their behalf. We have made the decision to extend our deadline for the CDMA sunset by three months to March 31, 2022,” it said.

“Our reason for extending is simple: we want to give those partners who haven’t done the right thing for their customers every opportunity to step up now and do so.

“There should be no more room for excuses. We have provided even more time and those partners can follow suit with the effort that is needed to ensure no one is left on the wrong side of the digital divide.”

Customers may profit from their internet connection for another four years, according to the contract. The firm emphasized that the extension of time would have no financial repercussions.

Mobile network operators all around the world are deploying 3G networks with 4G services in areas where 4G isn’t available to extend coverage. However, as 4G becomes more popular, demand for 3G and its slower speeds and capacity grows quickly.

In wealthy nations, the majority of mobile data is transmitted via 4G networks, with Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology allowing such systems to also process most calls.

In January, EE became the first UK carrier to sign a pledge to shut down its 3G network by 2023, and it has committed to do so.

In most cases, 3G is likely to outlive 2G in many countries because it supports worldwide roaming and is utilized in a variety of IoT applications.

It has been claimed that any 2G switchover should be delayed until at least the 2030s, with a possible shared 2G network as a potential answer. Swisscom, on the other hand, has already shut off its 2G network.