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As service providers continue to roll out new LTE and 5G network solutions, the sun is setting on all 2G/3G networks. Now is the time to take action and migrate over to an alternative 4G, LTE or 5G solution if your business has 2G or 3G connections out in the field.

What is the 2G & 3G sunset?

When 2G and 3G networks are turned off, this is called sunsetting. It usually takes place when a mobile network operator (MNO) needs to free up resources in order to cater for the newer and more powerful 5G infrastructure. When a 2G or 3G network is sunsetted, all existing deployments using that particular carrier will be affected and cease to continue working unless an alternative technology is rolled out.

A global timeline of the 2G & 3G sunset

Find out how the 2G & 3G networks are being sunsetted across the world in the tables below. Please note that these dates often change and nothing is set in stone. We will continue to update this table as and when new information surfaces.

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Africa

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
South Africa Telkom ZAFTM No 2G (sunset 2020)
South Africa Vodacom ZAFVC Coming, no clear date

Americas

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Canada Bell CANBM No 2G (sunset 2019)
Canada Eastlink CANEL No 2G No 3G (sunset 2019)
Canada Rogers CANRW Phase out Q4 2021* Phase out 2025**
Canada SaskTel CANST No 2G (sunset 2017)
Canada Telus CANTS No 2G (sunset 2017)
Mexico AT&T MEXIU No 2G (sunset 2019)
Mexico Movistar (Telefonica) MEXMS Phase out 2021
Panama Digicel Panama PANDC No 2G (sunset 2020)
St Martin (FR) UTS Setel ANTTC No 2G (sunset 2019)
United States AT&T USACG No 2G Phase out Q1 2022
United States T-Mobile USA USAW6 Phase out 2022 (unclear) Phase out Q4 2021
United States Union Telephone USAUN No 2G (sunset 2019)
United States Verizon USAVZ No 2G No 3G
United States Viaero USACI No 2G (sunset 2018)

*1900 MHz in Q2 2021, 850 MHz in Q4 2021 **Downsizing capacity 1900 MHz Phase out Q2 2021

Asia (A-M)

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Bahrain Batelco BHRBT No 2G (sunset 2020)
Bangladesh Grameenphone BGDGP Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2026
Cambodia Smart Cambodia KHMSM Phase out Q4 2021
China China Mobile CHNCT Phase out 2021
China Unicom CHNCU Phase out Q4 2021 Coming, no clear date
Guam NTT DoCoMo GUMHT No 2G (sunset 2020)
Hong Kong China Mobile Hong Kong HKGPP Phase out 2021
Hong Kong Hong Kong CSL (New World PCS) HKGNW Phase out 2021
Hong Kong Hong Kong Telecommunications (PCCW) HKGTC Phase out 2021
Hong Kong Hutchison Telecom HKGH3 Phase out 2021
Hong Kong SmarTone (Vodafone) HKGSM Phase out 2021
India Bharti Airtel INDAT Phase out Q4 2023 No 3G (sunset 2020)
India IDEA India INDID No 3G (sunset 2020)
India Vodafone Essar INDHM No 3G (sunset 2020)
Indonesia XL excelcom IDNEX Phase out Q4 2022
Japan KDDI JPNKD No 2G (sunset 2012) Phase out 2026
Japan NTT DoCoMo JPNDO No 2G (sunset 2011) Phase out 2026
Japan SoftBank JPNJP No 2G (sunset 2011) Phase out Q1 2024
Jordan Umniah Mobile Company JORUM Phase out 2021
Macau CTM MACCT No 2G (sunset 2015)
Macau Hutchison MACHT No 2G (sunset 2015)
Macau Smartone MACSM No 2G (sunset 2015)
Malaysia Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad MYSCC Phase out 2021
Malaysia Digi MYSMT Phase out Q4 2024
Malaysia Maxis Mobile MYSBC Phase out 2021
Myanmar Telenor MMRTN Phase out Q4 2024 Phase out 2025

Asia (N-Z)

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Nepal Nepal Doorsanchar Company (NTC) NPLNM Phase out Q4 2021
Pakistan Mobilink PAKMK No 2G (sunset 2020) No 3G (sunset 2020)
Pakistan Telenor PAKTP Phase out 2025 Phase out 2023
Saudi Arabia Mobily SAUET Phase out 2022
Saudi Arabia Saudi Telecom (AI Jawal) SAUAJ Phase out 2022 Phase out 2022
Saudi Arabia ZAIN SAUZN Phase out 2022
Singapore M1 SGPM1 No 2G (sunset 2017) Phase out after 2025
Singapore Singtel SGPST No 2G (sunset 2017) Phase out after 2025
Singapore Starhub SGPSH No 2G (sunset 2017) Phase out after 2025
South Korea KT Freetel KORKF No 2G (sunset 2012)
South Korea SK Telecom KORSK No 2G (sunset 2020)
Taiwan Asia Pacific Telecom TWNGT No 2G (sunset 2017) No 3G (sunset 2017)
Taiwan Chunghwa Telecom LDM TWNLD No 2G (sunset 2017) No 3G (sunset 2019)
Taiwan Far EasTone Telecommunications TWNFE No 2G (sunset 2017) No 3G (sunset 2019)
Taiwan Taiwan Mobile TWNPC No 2G (sunset 2017) No 3G (sunset 2019)
Taiwan Vibo Taiwan Star telecom TWNTG No 2G (sunset 2018) No 3G (sunset 2019)
Thailand AIS THAWN No 2G (sunset 2019)
Thailand DTAC TriNet THADT Phase out 2021 Phase out Q4 2025
Thailand RealFuture TrueMove THACA No 2G (sunset 2019)
United Arab Emirates DU Emirates AREDU Phase out Q3 2022
United Arab Emirates Etisalat UAE ARETC Phase out Q3 2022
Vietnam Beeline Vietnam (Gtel) VNMBL Phase out 2022
Vietnam Vietnamobile VNMVM Phase out 2022
Vietnam Viettel VNMVT Phase out 2022
Vietnam VMS Vietnam VNMMO Phase out 2022
Vietnam Vinaphone (VNPT) VNMVI Phase out 2022

Europe (A-I)

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Albania Vodafone ALBVF Available until at least 2025
Austria A1 AUTPT Phase out Q4 2025
Bulgaria A1 (Mobiltel) BGR01 Phase out Q4 2025
Croatia T-Mobile HRVCN Phase out Q4 2022
Czech Republic O2 (Telefonica) CZEET Phase out Q4 2021
Czech Republic T-Mobile CZERM Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2021
Czech Republic Vodafone CZECM Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q1 2021
Denmark TDC DNKTD Phase out 2021
Denmark Telenor DNKDM Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q3 2022
Denmark Telia DNKIA Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q2 2021
Denmark Three DNKHU Phase out 2021
Estonia TeliaSonera ESTEM Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2025
Finland DNA FIN2G Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2023
Finland Elisa (Radiolinja) FINRL Phase out Q4 2023
Finland TeliaSonera FINTF Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2025
France SFR FRAF2 Available until at least 2030
Germany O2 (Telefonica) DEUE2 Phase out Q4 2022
Germany T-Mobile DEUD1 Phase out Q2 2021
Germany Vodafone DEUD2 Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q2 2021
Greece COSMOTE GRCCO Phase out Q4 2021
Greece Vodafone GRCPF Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q4 2022
Hungary Vodafone HUNVR Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q3 2021
Ireland Hutchison 3G IRLH3 Phase out 2021 Phase out Q1 2023
Ireland O2 IRLDF Phase out 2025 Phase out Q1 2023
Ireland Vodafone EIRLEC Phase out 2025
Italy Vodafone ITAOM Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q1 2021

Europe (J-Z)

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Latvia LMT (Telia) LVALM Phase out 2022
Lithuania Bite LTUMT Phase out 2026 – 2028 Phase out 2024 – 2025
Lithuania Telia (Omnitel) LTUOM Phase out 2025 Phase out Q4 2022
Luxembourg POST LUXPT Phase out Q4 2022
Malta EPIC MLTTL Phase out 2025
Montenegro M-Tel MNEMT Phase out 2025
Netherlands KPN NLDPT Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q1 2022
Netherlands T-Mobile NLDPN Phase out Q3 2021 Coming, expected 2030
Netherlands Vodafone NLDLT Available until at least 2025 Phase out from 2020
Norway Com4 NORC4 Phase out 2025 No 3G (sunset 2020)
Norway Telenor NORTM Phase out 2025 Phase out 2021
Norway Telia NORNC Phase out 2021
Poland T-Mobile POL02 Phase out 2024 – 2025
Portugal Vodafone (Telecel) PRTTL Phase out 2025 Phase out Q1 2022
Romania Vodafone (MobiFon) ROMMF Phase out 2025
Slovakia Telekom Slovakia SVKET Phase out Q4 2021
Spain Telefonica ESPTE Phase out 2025
Spain Vodafone ESPAT Phase out 2025
Sweden Tele2 SWEIQ Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2025
Sweden Telenor SWEEP Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2025
Sweden Telia SWETR Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out Q4 2025
Switzerland Sunrise CHEDX Phase out Q4 2022 Phase out 2024*
Switzerland Swisscom CHEC1 No 2G (sunset 2020)
United Kingdom EE GBRME Phase out Q4 2025 Phase out 2022*
United Kingdom O2 (Telefonica) GBRCN Expected 2030
United Kingdom Three GBRHU *
United Kingdom Vodafone GBRVF Available until at least 2025 Phase out Q4 2022

*Now downsizing capacity & frequencies

Oceania

Country Operator TADIG 2G 3G
Australia SingTel Optus AUSOP No 2G (sunset 2017)
Australia Telstra AUSTA No 2G (sunset 2017) *
Australia Vodafone AUSVF No 2G (sunset 2018) **
New Zealand 2 Degrees (NZ Comm.) NZLNH No 2G (sunset 2018)
New Zealand Spark Telecom NZLTM No 2G (sunset 2007)
New Zealand Vodafone NZLBS Phase out 2025

*Downsizing capacity & frequencies (from 2019) – 850 MHz available until 2030 **Downsizing capacity & frequencies (from 2019)

Find out more about the 2G & 3G sunset

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Source: KPN

2022-05-18T15:42:02+01:00