The Netherlands’ VodafoneZiggo has announced a final shutdown date for its 3G mobile network, 4 February 2020. On its website the operator stated that ceasing 3G services will give it more capacity ‘for faster and more stable 4G’, noting that rapidly increasing data consumption prompted it to concentrate on LTE. Since autumn 2017, Vodafone has no longer sold subscriptions with 3G-only devices.
The company notes that users without 4G-enabled devices can continue to access voice and data services on its 2G network (albeit at significantly slower data rates and with lower voice sound quality). Customers may also exchange an old SIM card for a new LTE SIM free of charge.