Guaranteeing 2G and 3G connectivity long into the future
2G and 3G have been around for a long time. They’re proven, stable technologies. But as newer generations go live, network operators are considering closing their 2G and 3G services.
If you’re an IoT manufacturer or provider, this presents you with a conundrum. Should you ‘stick’ with 2G or 3G, or ‘twist’ with the more costly 4G and 5G? OV offers the way through this deadlock, with a multi-network platform that guarantees you 2G and 3G coverage well into the future.
Sunsetting – what does it mean?
‘Sunsetting’ is the term for the shutting down of earlier generations of mobile services by the major operators. It’s a process that’s already begun across the world. But why is it happening? Simple – because network operators need to free up spectrum, and want to save on running costs.
But millions of existing IoT devices rely on 2G and 3G – from smart meters to medical monitoring equipment – and manufacturers of new devices are stuck in the uncertainty of not knowing when their preferred network will sunset.
The UK government has said that it expects 2G and 3G services to be sunsetted by 2033. But network operators have already indicated it could be sooner than that. Vodafone and EE have both hinted that they could shut down their 3G networks before 2023.
But these are only provisional plans, and the industry is waiting with bated breath to see how the situation unfolds.
This uncertainty is creating a decision deadlock in the IoT industry. Manufacturers and providers feel stuck, and as a result are delaying on device launches and rollouts. A sector that is ripe for massive growth feels like it’s playing a waiting game, and is at the mercy of the major networks.
The IoT market needs confidence if it is to continue to grow and trade smoothly. Something needs to change, and fast.
OV’s multi-network platform is operator-agnostic. If any single network decides to sunset, devices using OV can simply switch to another one that’s available. This means that as long as 2G or 3G are available in a given territory, devices using these platforms will have continuity of service.
If you’re a manufacturer or provider facing the uncertainty of network sunsetting, OV offers the way out. We can ensure your devices work well into the future, without having to fit costly 4G or 5G components.
2G and 3G sunsetting is a hot topic in IoT at the current time with profound implications for the industry.
In this paper, we’ll explain why 2G and 3G sunsetting are important to you as a manufacturer or reseller of IoT devices. We’ll look at how the threat of sunsetting has led to a deadlock in the market, with many providers unsure which technology to embed.