The Federal Department of Communications and Digital Transformation in South Africa has extended the deadline for the phase-out of 2G and 3G networks to December 31, 2027, providing more time for mobile network operators and subscribers to transition to 4G/LTE and 5G technologies. Originally planned for 2025, the decision was made to allow for a more gradual migration. Major telcos, including MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom, emphasized the need for a phased approach through industry-wide consultations to ensure minimal disruption for end users. At the end of 2021, only 4% of mobile internet subscriptions in South Africa were 2G, with 60% still connected to 3G, predicted to drop to 22% by 2025 according to Omdia.
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