Tencent technology, 4G network is popular among the world's many operators are preparing to close the old 2G network. Recently, the US telecom giant AT & T announced that from January 1 this year, has closed the 2G network.
According to DigitalTrends and other US technology media reports, AT & T chief strategy officer and group president Donovan (John Donovan) in an official article said: "In order to support the rapid growth of mobile Internet use, for the new technology frees frequency resources , We have on January 1 to stop the 2G network services. & Rdquo;
AT & T said it will free up fre- quency resources for 5G and 4G networks and will make adjustments to the frequency of existing 4G networks in the coming months.
In addition, AT & T will use frequency resources to strengthen the 3G network based on HSPA.
As is known to all around the world, with the popularity of smart phones and 4G networks in operation, mobile phone users a substantial increase in traffic consumption, such as China's mobile phone users to double the current rate of flow growth.
AT & T said that since 2007, the company's communications network data traffic increased by 2500 times.
The company closed 2G network, is bound to make some old users affected. According to statistics, as of last year's third quarter, the company a total of 4 million 2G users, the company has more than 200 million users to upgrade the network.
TheVerge US technology news site that the closure of 2G network, will allow Apple's first year of sales of the iPhone can not connect to the network.
It was reported that AT & T initially prepared to close the 2G network by the end of 2019, but because of VoLTE voice communication technology, the company changed his mind.
In the era of 2G network, most mobile phones are functional phones, the main service is voice calls and SMS services, although there is a part of smart phones, but the Internet is very slow, mobile Internet era has not yet come. With the emergence of 3G networks, mobile Internet applications began to spread, at the same time, Apple re-invented smart phones, as well as smart phone manufacturers continue to cut prices, and promote the popularity of mobile Internet, making mobile operators more and more frequency resources tension.
Last year, one of the two US telecommunications giant Verizon also announced that it will close 2G network in 2020, the company is using CDMA technology. However, after AT & T shut down the network in advance, this competitor will follow suit, is still unknown.
Last December, Telstra announced that it had closed its old 2G network. The company opened the network in 1994.
In addition, Singapore regulations, from 2017 to prohibit the sale of 2G mobile phones and other communications equipment, starting in April this year, the country's mobile operators will close the 2G network.
So far, China's three major mobile operators China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile has not yet announced the closure of 2G network schedule, in the domestic market, you can still see a large number of 2G feature phones (commonly known as the old machine, student machine) Sales.