Price tag to shut down AT&T’s 3G network $380 million

AT&T is willing to spend about $380 million over the next few months to shut down its aging 3G network.

The company disclosed the figures during its recent quarterly conference call with investors. AT&T has already spent $130 million on this effort and expects to spend another $250 million in the first quarter of 2022.

AT&T noted its 3G shutdown would affect Apple phones older than the iPhone 6.
(Source: Apple)

Notably, AT&T also announced that it would use Syniverse’s Evolved Mobility product to continue to support roaming for other carriers’ international customers. These are operators who have not yet launched VoLTE roaming with AT&T.

“To ensure voice roaming services after a circuit switch went out of service, we worked with Syniverse to create an innovative solution that could preserve the customer experience,” AT&T’s Cameron Dunn explained in the release. release of Syniverse. “AT&T is very pleased with this solution as a ‘tool in the toolbox’ to avoid disruptions caused by network outages. »

it is not a surprise

AT&T has been warning customers for years that it plans to shut down its 3G network in February. In recent FCC filings, the company suggested about 2.7 million customers could be affected.

AT&T has experience with network shutdown. The carrier discontinued service on its 2G network in 2017. According to AT&T SEC filings at that timeit had 4 million customers on its 2G network, most of them IoT devices.

AT&T isn’t the only one moving away from 3G. Vodafone UK confirmed this week that it will also start dismantling its old 3G network from 2023.

However, there is a growing chorus of voices calling on AT&T to delay shutting down its 3G network. Businesses and organizations, including the National Public Safety Telecommunications Councilthe Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC) and Zonar seller ask the FCC to force AT&T to delay. But so far the agency has remained silent on the matter and AT&T has not changed its plans.

Interestingly, T-Mobile recently delayed plans to shut down its 3G network. Late last year, the company said it would delay the shutdown of Sprint’s legacy 3G CDMA network by three months following concerns raised by operator Boost Mobile Dish Network.

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— Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G and Mobile Strategies, light reading | @mikeddano

Richard L. Militello