South Africa Extends Deadline to Phase Out 2G and 3G Networks to 2027, Allowing Smooth Transition to 4G/LTE and 5G πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

South Africa Extends Deadline to Phase Out 2G and 3G Networks to 2027, Allowing Smooth Transition to 4G/LTE and 5G πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦

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South Africa's ambitious plan to phase out 2G and 3G networks sees a shift in the deadline, now set for December 31, 2027, as the Federal Department of Communications and Digital Transformation grants more time for mobile operators and users to transition smoothly to advanced technologies. The initial deadline, slated for 2025, prompted industry-wide consultations, with major telcos like MTN, Telkom, and Vodacom seeking a phased approach to ensure minimal disruption for end users.

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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