Swiss full-service provider Sunrise will deactivate its 2G network on 3 January 2023 and will look to retire 3G in the next three to four years, the company has confirmed. The company had delayed the closure of the legacy network to provide customers a longer transition period. Sunrise notes that few customers will be affected by the shutdown as only a ‘very small proportion’ of its users are still reliant on devices or M2M/IoT solutions that only function with 2G connectivity. In those cases, Sunrise said it will offer advice and support to switch to 4G/5G services.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Sunrise had previously announced that it would close its 2G network by the end of 2018 as the system no longer met its quality standards. The operator later changed its plan, however, adopting what it described as a more ‘flexible’ approach that would enable its customers to continue to use the platform until the end of 2022.