Unicom to retire 2G by end-2021

13 Nov 2020

China Unicom is accelerating its ‘network slimming’ programme by phasing out 2G and 3G systems as it looks to increase its focus on 4G and 5G technologies. Local news portal C114 quotes Miao Shouye, the head of Unicom’s 5G co-construction and sharing working group, as saying that the operation and maintenance pressure of continuing four generations of networks is great and needs to be simplified. According to the official, Unicom is set to retire 2G entirely by the end of next year, whilst 3G will be reduced to a single carrier frequency by the end of the year. The cellco is also planning to accelerate its deployment of VoLTE to replace 3G voice, with a view to deactivating its 3G network in the future.

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