Navigate the Shutdown of 2G and 3G Networks with TNS

Around the globe, carriers are phasing out their 2G and 3G cellular networks. Between now and 2025 many of the world’s biggest networks will shut down.

When this is combined with additional sunsets such as the UK’s PSTN/WLR Switch-off merchants, acquirers, Independent ATM Deployers (IADs), Payment Service Providers (PSPs) and point-of-sale (POS) deployers find themselves in the unenviable position of potentially having millions of devices that will be affected.

Delaying, or failing, to upgrade your estate in response to these network closures may negatively impact your business. Failure to act before the shutdown dates may lead to loss of revenue, increased customer complaints and reputational damage. TNS is here to support your migration to next generation point of sale and connectivity.

Your 2G and 3G Shutdown World View

Carriers across the globe have announced when they will shut down their networks. For the latest updates affecting your locations click the continents below.

Europe

Austria
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
A1 Telekom 12/31/2025
Belgium
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Orange 12/31/2030 12/31/2025
Bulgaria
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
A1 12/31/2025
Czech Republic
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
O2 11/30/2021
T-Mobile 12/31/2025 11/30/2021
Vodafone 12/31/2025 03/31/2021
Denmark
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
HI3G 12/31/2025
Nuuday 12/31/2022
Telenor 12/31/2025 07/31/2022
Telia Nattjanster Norden AB 12/31/2025 12/31/2025
Estonia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Telia Eesti AS 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
Finland
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Ålands Telekommunikation Ab 12/31/2025
DNA 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
Elisa Corporation 12/31/2023
Telia Finland Oyk 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
France
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Orange 12/31/2025 12/31/2030
Germany
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Telefonica O2
Telekom Deutschland
Vodafone 12/31/2025
Greece
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone-Panafon Hellenic 12/31/2025 12/31/2022
Wind Hellas Telecommunications 12/31/2022
Hungary
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone 12/31/2025 11/30/2022
Ireland
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Three Ireland (Hutchinson) Limited 01/10/2025 12/31/2024
Vodafone 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
Italy
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone 12/31/2025
Latvia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Latvijas Mobilais Telefons 12/31/2022
Lithuania
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Telia Lietuva AB 12/31/2025 12/31/2022
UAB Bitė Lietuva 12/31/2028 12/31/2025
Luxembourg
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Orange 12/31/2030 12/31/2025
POST Luxembourg 07/31/2022
Netherlands 
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
KPN B.V 04/01/2022
T-Mobile 06/01/2023
Vodafone Libertel 12/31/2025
Poland
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
T-Mobile 01/01/2023
Orange 12/31/2030 12/31/2025
Portugal
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone 12/31/2025 03/31/2022
Romania
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Orange 12/31/2030 12/31/2025
Vodafone 12/31/2025
Slovakia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Orange  12/31/2030 12/31/2025
Slovak Telekom 12/31/2022
Spain
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone 12/31/2025
Telefónica Móviles 12/31/2025
Orange 12/31/2030 12/31/2025
Sweden
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Tele2 AB 12/31/2025 12/01/2025
Telenor Sverige AB 12/31/2025 12/31/2025
Telia Company AB 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
Switzerland
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Salt Mobile SA 12/31/2023
Sunrise UPC GmbH 12/31/2022
Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd
United Kingdom
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
EE Limited 12/31/2025 12/31/2022
Vodafone 12/31/2025 12/31/2023
Three 12/31/2024

The Americas

USA
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
AT&T Mobility 02/22/2022
Sprint Corporation 01/01/2022 01/01/2022
T-Mobile USA 07/01/2022
Verizon Wireless 12/31/2022
Brazil
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Verizon Wireless 12/31/2023 12/31/2025

Asia Pacific

Australia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
TPG Telecom (Vodafone Australia) 12/15/2023
Telstra Corporation Ltd 06/30/2024
Cambodia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
South East Asia Telecom 06/07/2025
Hong Kong
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited 10/14/2022
China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited
Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited
Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited
Macau
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
China Telecom (Macau) Company Limited
Companhia de Telecomunicações de Macau, S.A.R.L.
Hutchison Telephone (Macau) Company Limited
SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Limited
Malaysia
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Celecom Axiata Berhad 12/31/2021
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd 12/31/2024 12/31/2021
Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd 12/31/2021
U Mobile Sdn Bhd 12/31/2021
New Zealand
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Vodafone 12/01/2025 12/31/2024
Phillippines
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
Smart Communications Inc. 12/31/2023
Thailand
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
dtac TriNet Co. Ltd. 12/31/2021
Vietnam
Operator 2G Switch Off 3G Switch Off
GTEL Mobile 03/31/2022
MOBIFONE CORPORATION 03/31/2022
Vinaphone (VNPT) 03/31/2022
Vietnamobile 03/31/2022
Viettel Group 03/31/2022

TNS is committed to keeping its customers updated on the latest 2G and 3G shutdown announcements and will update this information monthly. However, while not all carriers have announced end-of-life dates for their networks, it is known that many are withdrawing capacity from legacy services and reallocating spectrum to newer network generations to leave only a minimum viable level of service.

Everything You Need to Know

Impacted Devices

With the shutdown of these legacy networks the following devices may be affected:

  • POS terminals
  • ATMs
  • Any device containing a wireless radio module that is not 4G capable

Operational Impact

As Carriers begin sunsetting networks the lack of investment may lead to:

  • Degradation of network performance
  • Reduced quality of service
  • Inadequate connectivity
  • Dissatisfied Customers
  • Inability to Process Transactions
  • Connectivity blackspots that cannot be predicted geographically

To mitigate these possibilities, consideration should be given to early migration to 4G devices. Read more about Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Decommission Your 2G and 3G Devices.

Why You Need to Act Now

  • Potential Rewards and Avoidance of Risks
    Switching from 2G or 3G will need to be done sooner or later, and sooner may bring rewards through greater payment acceptance, smoother processing and improved customer experience while avoiding potential risks such as intermittent connectivity, increased customer support queries and reputational damage.
  • Resource Availability
    As networks slowly degrade and with decreased carrier support, POS deployers, acquirers and MSPs may need to ramp up technical support and hire additional staff. Waiting may only intensify that workload.
  • Navigating Around Unexpected Global Events
    The global semiconductor shortage is impacting lead times on new equipment availability. Planning, and ordering, new equipment now may prevent longer delays later.
  • Operational Risk vs Cost to Replace
    As older terminals experience connectivity and processing issues, customer satisfaction may lessen. You should consider the cost of replacing terminal estates versus the useful life left and the level of operational risk.

Now may also be the time to think about modernizing your terminal estate with smart terminals, download our listicle for key considerations when choosing network strategies and global connectivity solutions.

Why TNS is the Ideal Migration Partner

With over 30 years’ experience accepting, connecting, and securely processing transactions across the globe, and with more than one million SIM cards currently supported around the world, TNS has managed many guided shutdowns for customers.

When you work with TNS we will support you to:

  • Assess what needs to be done, and when
    • We’ll help you uncover any incompatible SIMs or routers within your estate
  • Replace any equipment as required
  • Replace any telco services as needed
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and management of your service

When you choose TNS you benefit from partnering with a carrier agnostic, PCI-DSS certified provider that offers in-depth reporting and tracking to develop a plan for transitioning your estate to supported wireless technologies that prioritize quality of service. With TNS you also benefit from 24/7/365 support across a truly global network.

Working with TNS enables PSPs and POS deployers to upgrade their terminal fleet in the right way. With a global network offering localized support, TNS can help you effectively respond to the challenge of migration away from these mature networks.

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