AT&T frees up additional spectrum by terminating 2G network

Shawn Knight

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Haven’t heard from your non-techy friends or family members in a couple of weeks? If they’re AT&T subscribers with dated mobile devices, there may have a solid explanation for the radio silence.

The nation’s second largest wireless service provider recently revealed that it discontinued service on its 2G wireless networks on January 1, 2017. That's bad news if you still use a legacy device like Apple's original iPhone.

As AT&T correctly points out, technologies like smartphones, social media and wirelessly connected devices are responsible for dramatically reshaping the network landscape.

Data usage on AT&T’s network alone has grown by a staggering 250,000 percent since 2007, the company said, with video being the most significant contributor to the sudden growth. That’s only part of the equation, however, as the demand for wireless data outpaced the capabilities of even 3G long ago.

Indeed, when you consider that the first 2G network went live in 1991, it’s amazing that they’ve persisted as long as they did.

AT&T said the move will free up spectrum for newer technologies (here's look at you, 5G) to support the massive growth in mobile Internet usage.

The decision shouldn’t come as a total surprise considering the telecom announced and reiterated its intentions to shut down the dated network more than four years ago. At that time, the wireless provider said that only 12 percent of its "contract" subscribers were using 2G handsets.

Taking it a step further, AT&T even offered discounts and free devices to eligible customers to help with the transition.

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p51d007

Posts: 2,850   +2,210
Hopefully the additional bandwith will improve the data stream during the day.
Before/after typical work time, it's usually in the 30-50mbs range. During the day,
it drops to 10-15 at best. Maybe this additional bandwith will help.
LMAO! WHO AM I KIDDING!
 

Theinsanegamer

Posts: 2,720   +4,256
Hopefully the additional bandwith will improve the data stream during the day.
Before/after typical work time, it's usually in the 30-50mbs range. During the day,
it drops to 10-15 at best. Maybe this additional bandwith will help.
LMAO! WHO AM I KIDDING!
it'll certianly help*

*for an extra $5 an hour, of course. With overage fees if you use more then 128KB
 

Jim$ter

Posts: 163   +35
Hopefully the additional bandwith will improve the data stream during the day.
Before/after typical work time, it's usually in the 30-50mbs range. During the day,
it drops to 10-15 at best. Maybe this additional bandwith will help.
LMAO! WHO AM I KIDDING!
Oh no not 10-15MB, how can u even do anything? LOL I can stream on 3MB just fine so I assume some other issue other than "only" having 10MB available.
 

Phr3d

Posts: 404   +87
I think they -meant- to say that they were disabling the fly-over states towers that provided more than a quarter-mile connection so one could still make Calls with their Phone. The maintenance on that originally-required connectivity must have been just budget Busting (thanks for the new phone, ATT, still can't connect anymore from our vacation home, oddly enuf 2G worked just fine.. (as did analog before that, but no one cares about That either)
 

p51d007

Posts: 2,850   +2,210
Oh no not 10-15MB, how can u even do anything? LOL I can stream on 3MB just fine so I assume some other issue other than "only" having 10MB available.

No, just pointing out how congested the service is, in my area, during "peak" times. Yes, for what I do, I can stream just fine on 3mb.