China Unicom executives just confirmed: 2G will be fully retired by the end of 2021 at the earliest

The removal of 2G is just an issue of business interest, in particular China Unicom has agreed to place the withdrawal of 2G on a specific agenda.

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 8:08 GMT

Miao Shouye, chairman of China Unicom’s 5G co-construction and sharing working group, announced China Unicom’s new 2G de-networking operation at the 11th Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF) today, which will be completely de-networked at the end of next year.

Miao Shouye assumes that 4G is in a mature age and that 5G is ushering in a time of acceleration on a wide scale. The intertwining of 2G/3G must be minimized by concentrating on 5G growth. China Unicom has agreed to move to a minimalist network. The fundamental network of China Unicom is from 2G to 5G, where four generations (GSM/WCDMA/LTE/5G NR) exist together. There is immense emphasis on operation and upkeep, but it has to be streamlined.

As for the particular time schedule for the 2G removal of China Unicom from the network, Miao Shouye revealed that China Unicom worked hard to facilitate the withdrawal of 2G networks.
240 area networks are expected to be removed from 2G networks before the end of this year and 2G networks will be withdrawn in full by the end of next year at the earliest; 3G will be limited to carrier frequency 1 by the end of the year and VoLTE will be accelerated to replace 3G voice, and 3G will be gradually withdrawn; eventually, 4G+5G synergy The minimalist aim network.

Actually the story is no longer about the withdrawal of the 2G network. China Unicom has made known its intention to withdraw from the network as soon as 2018. In the second half of this year in particular, many older consumers who only support 2G networks unexpectedly found that their cell phones could not be used, prompting a revived attention of people.

At the time, China Unicom claimed that for 2G frequency reduction zones, consumers may not need to think about their initial 2G cell phone cards being unable to continue to use. China Unicom can include free replacement of cell phone cards, free data on experiences, subsidized Internet transactions and other preferential activities to support 2G customers The 3G and 4G conversion helps users to enjoy more affordable and smoother network networks for connectivity.

In the second half of this year, China Mobile, which has a total edge over the 2G network, also announced the news of the “2G withdrawal,” but after a thorough understanding, it was discovered that China Mobile’s so-called “2G withdrawal” applies to China Mobile’s proposed building.

So some people interpreted from this, thinking that China Mobile is about to clear the 2G network. The 2G network of China Mobile uses the GSM standard, which occupies the 900M high-quality frequency band. From a strictly technological point of view, it seems that clearing the 2G network with comparatively low resource consumption is more fair. The removal of GSM from the stage of history in the long run is also the general practice.

So some people have learned from this that China Mobile is going to clear up the 2G network. The 2G network of China Mobile uses the GSM standard, which occupies the 900M high-quality frequency band. From a strictly technological point of view, it seems that clearing the 2G network with comparatively low resource consumption is more fair. The removal of GSM from the stage of history in the long run is also the general practice.

According to the latest data published by the Ministry of Business and Information Technology, the overall number of cell phone subscribers of the three big operators reached 1,598 billion as of the end of August 2020, of which 1,29 billion were 4G users, a rise of 2.6 percent year-on-year. What’s fascinating is that for several months, just as 5G networks were placed into commercial operation today, 4G networks have sustained steady growth. The removal of the 2G networks is clearly having an effect.

The new 4G device adoption rate has hit more than 80 percent from the above-mentioned data study, but it should not be forgotten that approximately 20 percent of subscribers still remain on 2G-based low-speed networks, and 20 percent of 1,598 billion is still a huge figure. Objectively speaking, the popularization of the removal of 2G from the network and 4G has increased the lower limit of access to the social network, but it would eventually lose certain consumers’ critical interests.

The 2G network also has the importance of continuing to operate unless the tariff, range, and signal quality of the 4G network will meet or surpass that of the 2G network. What do you think about the network’s 2G withdrawal?