M1, Singtel & StartHub will Cease 2G Networks in 2017

M1, Singtel & StartHub will Cease 2G Networks in 2017 Image Credit: Singtel
  • All the three mobile Operators in Singapore, M1, Singtel and StarHub in a joint statement announced that they will cease the provision of all 2G services - 2G voice, messaging and data services - from 1st of April 2017. Majority of mobile customers in Singapore are presently on 3G and 4G networks with a very minute percentage still using 2G-only mobile devices, said the Operators. At the same time, Singapore's telecom's regulator, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) data shows that only 3 per cent are still on 2G pre- and post-paid plans.

  • The 2G spectrum will be re-used for the fast growing 3G/4G services in the country which has among the highest smartphone penetration in the world, said IDA. The three Operators said that they have been promoting 3G/4G services to their 2G users and will continue to reach out to affected 2G users through various channels including SMS, calls and posters at their retail outlets, in the run-up to the 2G network closure.

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