US wireless giant AT&T Mobility has confirmed that its 2G service was formally discontinued on 1 January 2017, as planned. In an official blog post, John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President (AT&T Technology and Operations) wrote: ‘Since launching our 2G networks, technologies like smartphones, social media and wirelessly connected devices have changed the network landscape. In fact, since 2007, data usage on our network has grown by 250,000% with video being a significant contributor to this growth … Today, our 3G and 4G LTE networks cover 99% of Americans. By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G. In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE.’
TeleGeography notes that AT&T first outlined a 1 January 2017 2G shutdown date in a regulatory filing back in August 2012. US mobile market leader Verizon Wireless, meanwhile, is provisionally planning to shut down its CDMA 1X network by 31 December 2019.