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Vodafone UK confirms its first 3G network switch-off in two locations

13 Mar 2023

British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK has announced the successful retirement of its 3G network in two locations. In a press release regarding the development, the MNO said that Basingstoke and Plymouth had become the first locations where it has switched off its 3G infrastructure, while noting it had chosen these areas ‘following continued network investment’ and the fact that more than 98% of its customers there were already using a 4G or 5G-compatible device. According to the cellco, the 3G switch-off was preceded by a communication campaign aimed at ensuring customers were aware of the impending change.

Vodafone UK has said that it will continue retiring its 3G network ‘throughout the remainder of 2023’ in ‘a regional, phased approach’. Commenting on the initial network closure, meanwhile, the cellco’s Chief Network Officer, Andrea Dona, said: ‘3G switch off in Plymouth and Basingstoke is the result of a massive programme of work. Thanks to the significant investments we’ve made to increase the reach and reliability of our 4G and 5G networks, we are confident we can achieve our aim of retiring 3G this year’. The executive added: ‘With data usage levels so low, we can now repurpose the spectrum used by 3G and reach more customers with our energy efficient 4G and 5G networks instead.  This means faster data speeds, higher quality voice calls, and an overall superior customer experience.’

United Kingdom, Vodafone UK

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