Authorities in Macau have approved a plan by three of the territory’s mobile operators to finally switch off their 2G networks. The cellcos – CTM, Hutchison and SmarTone – stopped offering GSM-based 2G services for domestic users in mid-2015, but maintained their networks for roaming visitors from mainland China. A fourth operator – China Telecom Macau – was allowed to terminate its own CDMA-based 2G services back in 2010.
A statement from the regulator, the Post and Telecommunications Bureau (CTT), says the operators are now free to switch off their legacy GSM systems from 1 August 2019, with spectrum to be freed up for other technologies. 93% of mobile users in Macau are subscribed to 4G services, with the remainder using 3G networks.