Verizon to turn off 3G by 1 January 2023, executive clarifies

2 Feb 2021

Following erroneous press reports suggesting that Verizon Wireless’s 3G network shutdown had been postponed indefinitely, the mobile giant has now clarified that it is aiming to deactivate the infrastructure by 1 January 2023. Heidi Hemmer, SVP of Network Engineering, told Mobile World Live that Verizon is ‘actively managing the network to move usage [off 3G] … As the usage goes down, we refarm.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Verizon stopped activating 3G CDMA-based handsets in July 2018. After its 31 December 2020 3G CDMA shutdown date – already postponed from 31 December 2019 – came and went, a company spokesperson suggested that the network would remain operational for the foreseeable future.

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