Telkom SA to switch off 2G in 2020

11 Jul 2019

Telkom is committed to switching off its legacy 2G network in South Africa within the next twelve to 18 months, in order to redeploy its spectrum for mobile broadband services, TechCentral writes. Beauty Apleni, chief technology and information officer for Telkom’s consumer and small business segment, said in an interview: ‘In the near future, we will switch off 2G – probably within twelve months’, adding: ‘None of our retail channels sells feature phones … Our customers get 4G phones. We are driving a 4G-specific network.’ The company has less than 200,000 2G users, with CEO Sipho Maseko saying that Telkom’s 2G customers were ‘by far’ the lowest ARPU generators for the company. In November 2018 the CEO disclosed: ‘We are not taking any more 2G customers. If we can get them to roam on the Vodacom network, that would be a fantastic opportunity, because then I can switch it off even earlier.’ Telkom began roaming on Vodacom’s 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure at the beginning of this month, after a longstanding 2G/3G roaming deal with MTN expired.