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AT&T to Turn Off 2G Network By End of 2016

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Apr 27, 2016, 3:48 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T will shut down its 2G network ahead of schedule. In 2012, AT&T said it would operate 2G into 2017. This week, however, AT&T CFO John Stevens said the 2G network will be decommissioned by the end of 2016. The company has already moved 6 million customers off 2G over the last twelve months. The bulk of the remaining 2G devices (AT&T didn't say how many) in use are internet-of-things connected devices. Nearly all phones that connect to AT&T's network do so via 3G or 4G. "There still is a lot of cost that is left just to operate even a piece of the 2G network," remarked Stevens during a call with investors. "So we are anxious to capture that savings and use it to continue a strong story for our wireless business." Once decommissioned, the spectrum on which the 2G network operates will be refarmed for LTE.

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Apr 27, 2016, 10:44 PM

I was there when 2G debuted !

I feel sad. I might cry.

I also remember the market they migrated from GSM/GPRS to TDMA and then migrated back.

TDMA...those were the days. No SIM card and the 5 digit SID codes!!!!!!
Are you sure about that? I believe they migrated from AMPS to TDMA to GSM.

Sprint had the first GSM network in the USA.

Apr 29, 2016, 11:02 AM


That is a plethora of 850/1900mhz spectrum that can go toward LTE. This will greatly improve performance in the many areas they are already saturated in their Band 17 and Band 4 deployments...
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