Is AT&T the only carrier replacing it's 2G network?
In the United States the 2G wireless network is being replaced. Both Bell and Rogers in Canada and Telco's in Mexico have stated that they plan on keeping their 2G networks in place for the foreseeable future.
We've had a number of customers ask us what we understand Verizon's path forward with it's 2G Network and how AT&T's turn down may effect trackers that are on the Verizon or other tel-co carriers networks. It's important to note that the reason we have our trackers run on the GSM platform instead of CDMA is because GSM is global. We've gathered the following information to assist you in your decision making and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Canada specific information is below the following Verizon information:
Verizon’s 2G network is called "CDMA 1xRTT":
In 2015, Gigacom reported that: “Verizon has begun the process of phasing out its 2/3G network in an effort to free up more space for 4G-LTE service. Verizon is still in early stages of making this transition, however, and a company spokesman told CNN Money that the company plans to keep its 2/3G network running for a few more years. Still, the move by yet another wireless communications provider to re-purpose part of their spectrum could be worrisome. True nationwide service will degrade.”
A Verizon spokesperson stated in Fierce Wireless, October 2015: “Verizon will shut down 2G and 3G networks by 2021.” That is not a commitment to keep it operating until 2021 but that it will shut it down “by” 2021.
High density population areas also have the added risk of losing 850Mhz towers to the high bandwidth LTE channels. All of AT&T’s towers will have disconnected 850Mhz and 1800 Mhz capability so Verizon will not be able to rent cell tower transmission capability after Jan 2017. In rural areas that may have an impact on reliability for the 1xRTT network customers.
In many cases, the migration away from 2G/3G is driven by a desire to re-purpose spectrum for more efficient LTE data traffic.
Canada – Canada telco's not only impact Canada coverage but also northern US areas of New York State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.
Telus has already shut down its 1xRTT network in early 2016.
Bell Canada has stated: “January 1, 2017: entire CDMA network to start shutting down.” All 1XRTT networks will be completely gone by January and is actively being shut down now.
LBT is committed to supporting you through these technology changes and keeping you connected to the people, pets and things you care most about. Our team members are happy to answer any questions that you may have about the 2G sunset.