SA comms minister proposes 2G/3G switch-offs in 2024/2025

6 Sep 2022

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, has proposed that the country switch off its 2G mobile networks by June 2024 before the deactivation of 3G networks in March 2025.

In terms of 2G access, Ms. Ntshavheni has proposed that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) prohibit the licensing of 2G devices by 30 June 2023, with new connections/activations of 2G devices banned from 31 December 2023. The shutdown of 2G services will then take place on 31 March 2024, with 2G networks fully deactivated by 30 June 2024.

In terms of 3G, meanwhile, the licensing of 3G devices should be prohibited by 31 March 2024, with new activations stopping on 30 September 2024. 3G services will then cease on 31 December 2024, with the shutdown of 3G networks taking place by 30 March 2025.