Dutch telco KPN has issued an update regarding the planned shutdown of its 2G and 3G networks. The operator will deactivate its 3G networks first, saying it will ‘definitively stop’ offering third-generation mobile services on 31 March 2022. This date represents a slight delay from the January 2022 target previously set out by KPN; the telco has warned that any customers who do not switch to a 4G or 5G-capable device by March 2022 will fall back onto its 2G network.
In terms of 2G connectivity, KPN says that its networks will remain available until at least April 2025. The telco notes: ‘In contrast to 3G, 2G is still relatively widely used for, for example, voice connections and business applications, such as smart meters. KPN’s 2G network will remain available and in service until at least April 2025 … KPN will improve the voice quality with the introduction of HD voice on 2G, making it equivalent to the voice quality of 3G.’