In a statement dated 27 June Israel’s Ministry of Communications has established a deactivation timeline for the country’s legacy 2G and 3G networks. The watchdog said: ‘Against the background of the pace of technological development in the cellular networks and the scarcity of frequencies in the State of Israel, the Ministry has decided to establish a staggered outline for the shutdown of 2G and 3G networks by 31 December 2025.’
The process will unfold in three stages, namely:
· Stage 1: the prohibition of the commercial import of mobile devices that only support old technologies, starting on 1 January 2022.
· Stage 2: as of 1 January 2023 operators must cease the connection of new mobile devices to networks that support only old technologies (including vehicle-based hands-free devices and M2M equipment). Note: operators will be required to provide 2G and 3G services to existing subscribers up to the time that the networks will shut down.
· Stage 3: the final shutdown of 2G and 3G networks on 31 December 2025.