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21 August 2023

The transition to 5G

If the process of transitioning from the old networks has not yet started, it is time to do so as soon as possible. Some distributors expects to switch off its last 3G network by the end of 2023 and the 2G network is planned to be shut down two years later.

The background to the closure of the 2G (also known as GSM) and 3G networks is the increasing demand for fast communication which means that the technology in the networks needs to be upgraded. More modern technologies such as 4G and 5G are faster and better able to handle many connected devices and enable calls over Wi-Fi.

Any technical equipment that only communicates over the old networks will stop working and users need to review their communication solutions.

Replacing old equipment updates ageing digital systems with modern and more efficient ones, allowing for lower maintenance costs and reduced energy consumption.

Replacing older equipment

Some equipment can be upgraded to work with 4G/5G. This may involve replacing components or changing settings. If this is not possible, the equipment needs to be replaced with something more modern. There are many critical systems in areas such as infrastructure and public services that still use 2G or 3G subscriptions.

Examples of technical devices that may be affected:

  • Medical alarms
  • Older mobile phones
  • Home alarms
  • Routers
  • Video surveillance
  • Security phones
  • Remote controlled heat pumps
  • Robotic lawnmowers

What do you need to do?

Equipment inventory
Start by making an inventory of your equipment and communication solutions. Some equipment, as mentioned above, can be upgraded to work with 4G/5G. 

Upgrade plan
Review your needs. There are several different solutions with 4G/5G but also other technical alternatives that may suit your needs.

Set up requirements for the new equipment
It is still legal to sell systems that rely on 2G and 3G, so be sure that any new system delivered is future-proof.