Tigo Colombia has confirmed that it switched off its 2G network on 1 November. Around 2,000 1900MHz cell sites have been deactivated as a result, with the frequencies set to be refarmed for 4G use. The cellco stopped marketing 2G-only phones back in 2013, and Marcelo Cataldo, President of Tigo Colombia, told El Colombiano that just 0.1% of all mobile subscriptions were still using 2G services at the time of the switch-off. With Tigo claiming 11.427 million mobile subscriptions as of 30 September 2022, the remaining 2G base would have been around 11,427.
Chief rival Claro Colombia has previously stated that the deactivation of its own 2G network is expected to conclude in February 2023. This deadline represents a slight delay, with Claro initially intending to switch off the network by the end of December 2022.
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