South Africa to ban 2G devices by March 2023

16 Jun 2022

South Africa’s communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has announced that the government intends to prohibit the importation and distribution of 2G devices by March 2023, TechCentral writes. This ban comes as South African mobile operators prepare to switch off their 2G and 3G networks to free up spectrum for the deployment of 4G LTE and 5G networks. The official was cited as saying: ‘The South Africa Connect programme will be complemented by a robust programme to modernise our networks in partnership with industry, which entails the full deployment of 4G and 5G networks by 2025 … To enable this, we will shut down 2G and 3G networks over the same period and this financial year we will commence with the prohibition of the importation and distribution in South Africa of 2G devices.’

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