Vodacom mulling 2G voice shutdown

21 Aug 2019

South African mobile operator Vodacom has announced its intention to deactivate its 2G voice services in order to repurpose the frequencies for 3G and 4G services, TechCentral writes. Vodacom’s technical director Andries Delport said the 2G network will not shut down completely as the technology is still used by emergency services and for other applications, though migrating the voice services will allow it to designate only 2MHz-3MHz of spectrum for 2G use. The executive explained: ‘The biggest benefit for us to reuse 2G [spectrum] is to improve 4G coverage. If we can eliminate 2G, it will allow us to use the 900MHz band for 4G.’

South Africa, Vodacom South Africa