The Strategist

AT&T winds down 3G networks

02/23/2022 - 04:40

AT&T, the largest telecommunications company in the United States, is ending its third-generation (3G) network service.

"For over 20 years, we've been providing a wide range of services across 3G networks. We will stop providing service as of today, February 22nd", the company said.

AT&T users will be able to use more current networks, such as 4G and 5G, while the now-obsolete 3G networks will be phased out. According to AT&T, mobile traffic on its 3G networks currently accounts for less than 1% of total traffic.

The 3G network shutdown, according to American media, might affect not just owners of older mobile phones, but also owners of relatively newer in-car on-board computers that run on 3G networks, as well as owners of various alarm devices and, for example, e-books.

In this scenario, owners should contact the manufacturer to learn how the changes may affect their devices' operation and whether they can be upgraded to run with the newer networks.

By the end of the year, other US carriers are scheduled to phase out 3G networks.