During a press conference at MWC 2017 in Barcelona this past weekend, T-Mobile revealed that it was considering getting rid of its 2G and 3G network in the next couple years.
Getting rid of 2G isn’t unheard of — AT&T has already done it, but still has their own 3G network going. T-Mobile, on the other hand, is looking at cutting off 3G in 2019.
“By 2020, we’d love to have GSM turned down, if not before,” he said. “What do we do first, 3G or 2G? That’s primarily driven by what you can do on voice,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said at the conference. “With handset refresh cycles, you look at 2019, and I think it’s an opportunity to move to an all-LTE network.”
It’s really not a bad idea, and most users wouldn’t even notice. 70% of phone calls on T-Mobile’s network come from voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) already. That said, during the next two to three years, Ray wants to focus on getting that other 30% over to VoLTE, which isn’t a hard thing to do with the many attractive offers and incentives T-Mobile offers its customers on device payment plans.
It’d be an important step for the carrier. By shutting off the 3G network, T-Mobile would be able to take all that 3G spectrum and repurpose it in LTE.
Shutting off the 3G network really wouldn’t harm consumers either. Much of the throttling these days means slower LTE speeds, not bumping you off to a 3G or even 2G network. This could definitely be a very good move for the Un-carrier.
source: PC Mag