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Press Release -- August 2nd, 2022
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GSA: 2G and 3G switch-offs being completed, planned or in progress with 135 operators in 68 countries and territories

Mobile technology is migrating to 4G/5G as 75 operators in 40 countries and territories have either completed, planned or are in progress with 3G switch-offs

LONDON, UK – August 2ND – The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) today released the findings of its new report 2G-3G Switch-off July-2022. Drawing on information collected by the GSA about the switch-off of 2G and 3G around the world, this report focuses on the number of operators that have already migrated these networks, those in the process of doing so and those planning such a move. It found that 135 operators have either completed, planned or are in progress with 2G and 3G technology transitions in 68 countries and territories.

The report goes into more details and shares that 75 operators in 42 countries and territories have either completed or planned 2G switch-offs with 23 operators in 14 countries and territories having completed 2G switch-offs.

For 3G, the report reveals that 75 operators in 40 countries and territories have either completed, planned or are in progress with network switch-offs, including 26 operators in 15 countries and territories have completed the move.

The report observes disparities between regions and the pace of 2G and 3G network switch-offs. Europe has or will be undertaking the largest number of technology migrations, with 93 or 63% of the total. Asia will be responsible for 31 (21%), followed by North America and the Middle East and Africa with 8 (5%) each, and Oceania with 7 (5%). Latin America and the Caribbean has just 2 (1%) 2G and 3G switch-offs.

The full report can be download from the GSA website:

“When they were first introduced to the market, 2G and 3G were highly important innovations, but as greater technological advances have emerged, their importance has waned, and usage of both technologies is now diminishing worldwide,” stated Joe Barrett, President of the GSA, “As such, more and more operators and governments are coming to the decision that the older 2G and 3G technologies as well as the spectrum allocated to them should be migrated to faster and more efficient 4G and 5G networks. At the GSA, we are forecasting an increase in the number of operators moving off 2G and 3G networks as the transition to 4G and 5G will fully unfold.”

About GSA

GSA is the voice of the global mobile ecosystem representing companies engaged in the supply of infrastructure, semiconductors, test equipment, devices, applications and mobile support services. The organisation plays a central role in promoting 3GPP technology, advocating spectrum policies and stimulating IMT industry development. The association is a single source of information for industry reports and market intelligence

The GSA GAMBoD database is a unique search and analysis tool that has been developed to enable searches of LTE and 5G devices and new global data on Mobile Broadband Networks, Technologies and Spectrum (NTS). Results are presented as a list or in charts. Charts may be inserted into documents or presentations, subject to accreditation of GSA as the source.

GAMBoD is a resource dedicated to promoting the success and growth of the Mobile Broadband (MBB) industry and ecosystem and is fully available to all employees of GSA Executive and Ordinary Member companies and GSA Associates who subscribe to the service. More information on GAMBoD is available here:

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Candice Tobbo

Temono PR (for GSA)


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