UAE to phase out 2G or GSM mobile phones, devices in 2022

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UAE to phase out 2G or GSM mobile phones, devices in 2022

 

DUBAI – The sale of devices supporting only 2G (GSM) will be stopped in UAE in June 2022, according to the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA).

The announced came as the 2G shutdown process in the UAE is proceeding “according to the plan”, said TDRA.

The shutdown of 2G networks, also known as GSM, in Etisalat and du is scheduled for the end of 2022.

TDRA confirmed that the aim of this process is to redirect the resources allocated to 2G to support new generations of mobile networks.

TDRA urged UAE residents to stop using 2G-only supported devices before the shutdown, and to use devices that support the newer generations of telecom networks.

The activation of 2G mobile network (GSM) in the UAE dates back to 1994, and it is still active to date, despite the succession of generations until 5G. ICA/Expat Media


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