VODAFONE has announced that it will discontinue 3G networks next year to increase speeds on its newer mobile internet services.
Scaling down the older and slower 3G network to switch to 4G and 5G technologies will mean larger areas of the country will have more reliable online connections.
The program will see 3G coverage gradually phased out and replaced by enhanced 4G and 5G services.
The multinational telecommunications company also said the move is part of a plan to help it achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2027, with a more modern 5G network that is 10 times more energy efficient than old 3G device.
Vodafone will start a communication campaign to customers today.
And will continue to share information, advice and guidance with customers to ensure they can stay connected throughout the change process next year.
Vodafone chief executive Ahmed Essam said: “We are building the UK’s most trusted mobile network and focusing on technologies that connect best with our customers and have the least impact on our customers. environment.
“We’ll focus on giving customers a faster and more reliable mobile experience – while minimizing our impact on the environment by removing a layer of network that uses less efficient equipment. our fruit.
“We started telling customers about this today – our goal is to keep everyone connected and we will do everything we can to make sure that is the case.”
Vodafone’s 3G service was born 17 years ago and nearly 500 billion minutes of calls have been made on wireless technology.
That is the equivalent of 951,293 calendar years.
By 2016, 3G accounted for more than 30% of data shared on the company’s network – but that number has now dropped to less than 4%.
Vodafone and the Good Things Foundation, a charity that aims to make technology more accessible, have teamed up to ensure vulnerable customers are ready to transition to 4G and 5G networks by 2023.
“With the move away from 3G, people risk being disconnected, locked out and left behind,” said Helen Milner OBE, Group Executive Director at the Good Things Foundation. That’s why we’re excited to partner with Vodafone to ensure as many people as possible continue to have the essential digital access they need.
“The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of technology keeping people connected. Healthcare, education and the economy all depend on people across the UK having reliable data connections. .
“The transition to 4G and 5G for every Vodafone customer is an important part of ensuring everyone has the digital access they need.
To help ensure a smooth transition to 4G and 5G, Vodafone UK will use the Vodafone Group’s experience in phasing out 3G networks, with successful projects already underway in Germany and Italy.
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