Examining legacy mobile network rationalisation

GSMA releases study by Network Strategies on 2G and 3G migration

Auckland, New Zealand – May 27, 2020

Operators worldwide are exploring opportunities to deploy 4G and 5G technologies by re-using spectrum currently supporting 2G and 3G services. Rapid growth in mobile data services is generating considerable pressure on operators to deliver enhanced capacity through more spectrally-efficient technologies.

Network Strategies, in conjunction with Windsor Place Consulting, examined the experiences in six case study markets from the Asia-Pacific region – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Macao SAR – exploring the most suitable market, regulatory and commercial conditions for achieving a smooth and successful switch-off.

The study, commissioned by the GSMA, found that although these markets differ in terms of characteristics, extent of regulator involvement and approaches to spectrum allocation and management, the common threads for successful migrations were careful planning of a transitional period, obtaining regulatory approval where necessary, and above all ensuring effective customer engagement (Exhibit 1).

Our report, Legacy mobile network rationalisation, is available from the GSMA website.

Exhibit 1: Process flow of switching-off a 2G network [Source: Network Strategies]
Switching off a 2G network [Source: Network Strategies]

About Network Strategies

Network Strategies works at the forefront of the telecommunications revolution, delivering advice and insight to operators, manufacturers and governments. From offices in Auckland, London, Melbourne and Wellington, Network Strategies staff provide strategic consultancy to clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and North America, offering a complete global outlook on key issues affecting all players in the telecoms sector.

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