AT&T Getting rid of their 2G network by 2017
AT&T has officially revealed that its 2G network’s expiration date is coming soon.
According to the company’s recent SEC filings, AT&T is planning to shut down the remaining Edge and GSM networks still in service by January 1, 2017.
There still around 12 percent of AT&T’s subscribers, or around 8.4 million people, that still rely on the 2G network. AT&T hopes to motivate “proactively with [their] customers to manage the process” of getting those with 2G service onto either the 3G or 4G network. They plan to”redeploy spectrum currently used for basic 2G services” as the company grows its 4G network nationwide.
The other 88 percent of AT&T’s customers already moved on to more current networks, this will help AT&T providing better services. AT&T doesn’t expect the move to affect to be big, but the carrier will be monitoring the transition of these 2G customers closely.
AT&T decreased 6.7 percent since the same period last year in suscribers, so it’s important for AT&T to hang onto as many existing customers as possible.