Recent developments in the global Telecoms industry may signal the conclusion of an era for 3G.

The internet connection which ushered in the age of smartphone technology as many network providers have began making moves to disconnect devices still using the network.

Global internet service providers like AT&T, T-Mobile had shut down the service earlier in 2022 and most recently, Verizon and Vodafone have notified customers that they intend to cut off 3G-enabled devices from their networks from December 2022 and December 2023 respectively.

3G is the third generation of wireless mobile telecommunications technology which was first rolled out commercially in mid-2001 and was an upgrade over the 2G, 2.5G, GPRS and 2.75G networks.

At the moment, it has been succeeded by the launch of 4G, 5G and most recently, a test run of 6G in China which is a super upgrade to the service.

The decision to shut down these networks according to experts is being accelerated to make way for a stronger 5G technology and other networks.