AT&T to re-farm 2G spectrum by 2017

01 August 2012

AT&T, the largest telecommunications service provider in the USA, has announced that it plans to re-farm 2G cellular radio spectrum for use by 3G and 4G services by 2017, reporting that “Due to substantial increases in the demand for wireless service in the United States, AT&T is facing significant spectrum and capacity constraints on its wireless network in certain markets.“

As part of the effort to improve network performance and to help address the need for additional spectrum capacity, AT&T has stated that it will redeploy spectrum currently used for basic 2G services to support more advanced mobile Internet services on 3G and 4G networks. AT&T expect to fully discontinue service on 2G networks by approximately January 1, 2017.

European network operators will face similar pressures to re-farm existing 2G spectrum.

Historically, Machine to Machine (M2M) manufacturers have favoured 2G network solutions but it is becoming increasingly important to plan an upgrade path to 3G and 4G technologies.

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