KPN confirms 2G sunset by end of 2025


The Dutch operator shut down its 3G network back in 2022

This week, KPN has announced formal plans to shutdown its 2G network by December 2025.

In a post on the company website, the operator explained the rationale for the move to customers as a way of strengthening the company’s more modern 4G and 5G networks.

“We are turning off our 2G network because fewer and fewer people are using 2G and are already using the internet via 4G and 5G,” the post explained. “In addition, we use 2G frequencies for our 4G and 5G network. This makes the 4G and 5G network even faster and better.”

The announcement was accompanied by an FAQ section for customers concerned about the 2G shutdown, including information on how to upgrade to a 4G/5G device.

Specific customers known to be affected by the shutdown will also be contacted directly and provided with advice to minimise disruption.

KPN shut down its 3G network in March 2022, announcing at the time that its 2G network would be left operational until December 2025 due to its use for machine-to-machine communications and as a fall back for voice communications. KPN’s rival Vodafone Netherlands is similarly targeting a 2025 shutdown date.

Odido, on the other hand, is already a step ahead having completed its own shutdown of 2G last year.

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