Technology Vodafone wants to switch off its 3G network in mid-2021

06:45  08 may  2020
06:45  08 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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However, in Australia, Vodafone switched off its 2 G network on 30th June 2018. Vodafone has announced it is to phase-out 3 G networks across Europe in 2020 and 2021 while Deutsche Telekom plans to continue 3 G , UMTS until the end of 2020.

By switching off 3 G more spectrum can be made available to beef up incoming 5 G networks . Andrea Dona, head of Vodafone ’s UK mobile networks talked Vodafone says it has invested over £2 billion in its 5 G network so far to modernise base stations in preparation for network requirements over the

A mobile phone era is coming to an end: The summer after next, Vodafone wants to say goodbye to its 3G network. Some mobile phone users are faced with tariff adjustments.

  Vodafone will sein 3G-Netz Mitte 2021 abschalten © Sven Simon / imago images

Vodafone wants to switch off its 3G mobile network in Germany on June 30, 2021 . The frequency spectrum previously used for this should instead be used for LTE data radio, the telecommunications company announced on Thursday. The 3G standard that was introduced almost two decades ago - also known as UMTS - is no longer up-to-date, it was said to be the reason. Only five percent of the data traffic in Vodafone's mobile network ran through him.

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Vodafone on Tuesday said it will switch on its 5 G network in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2019, making it the first carrier to announce a firm date The company will also offer a 5G router for use in the home and office to give customers without a fixed line connection high - speed broadband access .

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"While the top speed in our 3G network is up to 42 Mbit / s, it is up to 500 Mbit / s in the LTE network," emphasizes in its announcement . In addition, 3G only reaches about 80 percent of households in Germany, while the even more energy-efficient LTE reaches 98.6 percent.

customers who previously only had 3G contracts will have to switch to LTE (4G) in the long term as part of the adaptation or will have to use the 2G GSM network for phone calls. Vodafone says that this will continue to be active - it will be used, among other things, for communication between machines. Vodafone said that its own tariffs would all contain LTE by the reporting date.

According to the company, the previous antennas will remain installed during the "reclassification" to 4G. The necessary additional equipment should come from the two Vodafone suppliers Ericsson and Huawei.

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