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Heading Towards 4G. The Latest Data from Poland and Around the World.

The decision to shut down the 3G network depends on the specific telecommunications operator and the regulations in force in each region and country. Different operators around the world shut down the 3G network at different times, and the timelines can depend on various factors, including adopted technologies, the availability of 4G and 5G networks, and local regulatory requirements. The spokesperson of the Office of Electronic Communications – Mr. Witold Tomaszewski – in an article with Mr. Editor Piotr Grabiec for Spider’s Web, expresses himself as follows:

“The biggest challenge will undoubtedly be the 5G auction – the biggest event in the telecommunications market in the upcoming time.'”

          The shutdown of the 3G network is a gradual process aimed at freeing up spectrum for newer technologies such as 4G and 5G, as well as adapting to them. Operators typically strive to provide a sufficient amount of time to migrate customers to new networks and minimize disruptions in services. However, it’s important to be aware of these changes and adapt to new technologies if you are using devices that do not support the 3G network.

          In some European countries and networks, there may be situations where 2G may even outlast 3G. For example, the Norwegian mobile operator Telenor announced the shutdown of the 3G network in 2020 – five years before the 2G network. Similarly, Vodafone announced that it would gradually phase out 3G networks in many European countries in 2021 and 2022.

CountryNetwork Operator2G Status / Sunset Date3G Status / Sunset Date
 Telecom Italia Mobile31.12.202931.12.2022
 TDCpartial: 01.02.23
fully: 31.12.23
Costa RicaClaro31.12.2023
Puerto RicoClaro31.03.202231.12.2023

          As technology has evolved, 2G and 3G have been gradually replaced by more advanced generations, such as 4G/LTE and 5G. This happens because newer generations offer faster connections, greater bandwidth, and improved data handling capabilities, which are essential in today’s world, especially in the context of the growing use of mobile devices and the Internet.

          Telecommunication companies worldwide are progressively phasing out support for older technologies, including 2G and 3G, to free up frequency bands for newer and more efficient technologies. This may impact the availability of network services and mobile communication in certain areas, particularly where older technologies were still in use. It should also be noted that the provided data comes from currently published sources, and the situation often undergoes changes.


  1.  https://www.uke.gov.pl/blog
  2. https://www.emnify.com/blog
  3. https://www.opensignal.com/reports
  4. https://onomondo.com/blog
  5. https://www.cullen-international.com/news
  6. https://spidersweb.pl/2020/09/rzecznik-uke