Date
24 May 2017
Singtel will be among the three telecom operators that will end 2G services in Singapore in two years. Photo: Bloomberg
Singtel will be among the three telecom operators that will end 2G services in Singapore in two years. Photo: Bloomberg

Singapore telcos to end 2G services in 2017

Singapore’s telecom operators will end all 2G services from April 2017 and deploy the spectrum currently used for such operations to the faster and more advanced 3G and 4G services.

Singtel, StarHub and M1 said in a statement Monday that the majority of mobile customers in Singapore are on 3G and 4G networks, and that only an extremely small percentage of customers are still using 2G services.

“Mobile networks have evolved since the launch of 2G services in 1994… Singapore’s extensive modern 3G and 4G mobile networks have led to high smartphone ownership and usage,” the telcos said.

“To cater for consumers’ increased demand for mobile data and faster access speeds, the spectrum currently used for 2G will be used to provide faster, more advanced 3G and 4G services,” the Straits Times cited the firms as saying in the statement.

According to the report, Singapore has about 250,000 2G mobile users as of now, representing just 3 percent of the total local mobile subscription base. The figure is expected to fall further in the next two years.

Singapore is not the first country to end 2G services. Korea and Japan ceased offering 2G services in March 2012, the report noted.

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