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AT&T to shut down its 2G network by 2017

AT&T headquarters and corporate logo, AT&T to shut down EDGE network by 2017
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Although the company made this official already a while ago, AT&T has just confirmed that everything is all right and that its plans to shut down the 2G network by 2017 will not face any delays.

Even most of the low-end handsets on the market feature 3G connectivity these days, so 2G connectivity will soon become history. However, there are still many mobile users who have 2G-only handsets, especially in emerging markets. On the other hand, all major wireless carriers in the US have clear plans to pull the plug on their 2G networks in the next few years. AT&T already revealed its intention to do so, and they are moving on with the plan as scheduled.

According to AT&T CFO John Stevens, quoted by Wireless Week, the carrier "has already transitioned some six million customers in the last 12 months off the 2G base and is poised to decommission the legacy network by the end of 2016." Shutting down the 2G network would allow AT&T to save significant costs, thus being able to invest more in more recent technologies.

Back in early 2014, T-Mobile unveiled its plans to upgrade its 2G/EDGE GSM network, completing the deployment of 4G LTE on the 1.9 GHz spectrum last year. A recent report reveals that this move allowed T-Mobile to achieve "substantial speed gains." Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, confirmed its plans to drop both its 2G and 3G networks, but they expect to replace that spectrum with LTE by 2021.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04-29 (Update: 2016-04-29)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.