Bahraini telecoms group Batelco has announced that its 2G network will be phased out by 30 November 2021 as part of its ongoing network transformation. The network shutdown will complete a strategic initiative begun in 2019, enabling mobile frequencies to be reallocated to support the growth of 3G, 4G and 5G services and ‘meet the ever-growing demand for better and wider mobile data services’, Batelco revealed in a press release. The telco notes the vast majority of its 2G subscriptions have already migrated to more modern services.
Batelco’s Network General Manager, Rashid Mohamed, stated: ‘Batelco began this strategic initiative in 2019 and since then has been working closely with the 2G customer base to manage the transition by supporting them with upgrading from 2G to higher technologies. During the past two years, 3G and 4G coverage enhancements have been carried out in several areas as well as the expansion of Batelco’s 5G network in support of transformation plans … The advancement in our networks is aimed at delivering faster mobile data speed and better call quality to enhance customer experience across the entire network.’