While the phasing out of 3G technology by network providers takes place on a country-by-country basis, the implications for many machine builders are not restricted by geography. If you are exporting machines across the world and thus operating across borders, you will need to consider the impact of 3G shutdown on a larger scale.
The motivation behind 3G shutdown
As you might know, mobile networks are changing, and 3G networks are being phased out because it is an older technology. 3G technology takes up valuable wireless spectrum and by shutting down these networks, mobile network operators can free up the spectrum to be used for newer and more advanced technologies, such as 4G LTE and 5G networks.
The timing of 3G shutdown differs between countries. Some have already transitioned to 5G networks, while others are still in the process of upgrading from 3G to 4G. The rate of adoption of these newer technologies affects the demand for 3G services, which in turn affects the timing of the 3G shutdown. Learn more about the timing of 3G sunsetting further down in this blog post.
The impact on remote connectivity
If you have a Secomea 3G sitemanager or any other 3G device that you use to remotely access your industrial equipment, you risk not being able to connect. The Secomea 3G device will failover to 2G, however, as these networks are also being shut down, you could end up not being able to service your customers if the connectivity fails. For this reason, it is important that you replace your device with one that supports 4G service.
Status of 3G shutdown around the world
How Secomea can support you
If you are a machine builder exporting machines to other countries, we encourage you to examine the status of 3G shutdown across countries, and also if your current devices support 4G service. If they do not, please reach out to Secomea using the form below, so we can advise you on how to move forward, or contact your local partner who can support you in upgrading to 4G service.
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