Vodafone to Shut-Down its GSM Network
Published on: 3rd Oct 2016
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Vodafone Australia has announced that it will shut down its legacy GSM network next year due to lack of use by consumers who mainly use 3G and 4G networks now.
Vodafone first launched its 2G service in 1993. Fast forward to 2016 and Vodafone's 4G network today carries close to 80 percent of the company's total data traffic. Its 2G service now carries less than one percent of the company's data traffic, and around two percent of its voice traffic.
Vodafone's acting Chief Technology Officer Kevin Millroy said the company is starting a 12-month campaign to proactively move remaining customers off its legacy 2G network.
"We want to be totally upfront and transparent with our customers by giving them advance notice of the closure of our 2G network late next year," Mr Millroy said.
"We will work closely with our 2G customers to ensure this transition is as simple as possible."
Vodafone confirmed that more than 600,000 customers have already hung up on their 2G devices since January 2013. This has helped clear the way for the company to repurpose some of its 2G spectrum for 4G services.
The GSM shut-down is scheduled for 30th September 2017.