According to Opunium, more than half the population are unaware of the 3G switch off being implemented by major UK networks.
When asked if they were aware of networks turning off their 3G services to focus on 4G and 5G networks, 51% of respondents said they didn’t know. Approximately only 27% were aware of the switch off.
Networks will switch off 2G and 3G over the next decade to free up the spectrum for 4G and 5G. Vodafone’s 3G shutdown started this month and will apply to its MVNOs including Lebara Mobile, Asda Mobile, Talk Mobile and VOXI.
EE also plans to start its switch-off in early 2024 Three aims to switch off its entire 3G network by the end of 2024. O2 has not yet announced plans but the Government has requested all 3G networks to be closed by 2033.
“3G is used by more than 30 million people. Our research shows more than 15 million aren’t aware it is being phased out or how this will impact their ability to get online. Focusing investment on 4G and 5G networks is a sensible move, However, it’s important to make those relying on 3G networks are not caught unaware” said uSwitch head of commerce; for broadband and mobile Ernest Doku.