Two years back, AT&T suggested that they are going to closedown its 2G network by the end of 2016. Now, AT&T’s executive director of machine-to-machine product management, is revealing that AT&T is gaining their shutdown goals as their customers is switching very quickly onto their 3G or 4G network.
AT&T is actually planning to refarm spectrum from its 2G network and offer it to their 3G and 4G networks, thereby offering faster speeds and more capacity to those 3G and 4G customers.
Although the most number of AT&T’s customers will move over to AT&T’s newer networks with latest purchases of LTE(4G) and HSPA(3G) enabled smartphones, AT&T is still functioning on those users with 2G GSM phones who have not picked up 3G and 4G enabled smartphones.
Khan said that AT&T continues to work with its 2G M2M users to get them to upgrade their devices to HSPA and LTE in advance of the carrier’s 2016 shutdown date. Khan declined to provide figures around AT&T’s confinement rate for its 2G users, saying only that the carrier is moving along as anticipated.
The biggest issue for AT&T with this closedown comes from their 17 million machine-to-machine users, who often keep the same device in place for a decade or more.