AT&T to Close 2G Network By 2017
As Company Starts Using Own Spectrum More Efficiently
One of the chief criticisms of AT&T's attempted takeover of T-Mobile was the fact that AT&T didn't really need
to acquire T-Mobile. The company sits on a wealth of spectrum already, including a significant amount just acquired from Qualcomm. Many noted AT&T wasn't using the spectrum they already owned efficiently, including the company's 2G or EDGE spectrum, which can be re-farmed. Back in March AT&T finally started sending notices to some 2G/EDGE users, informing them they needed to upgrade so AT&T can use that spectrum in their LTE build. Last week, AT&T announced
that the company would have their 2G network shut down by 2017. The company says about 8.4 million people, or around 12% of their total subscribers, still use the slower network.
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Fix 3G/4G coverage before getting rid of 2G There's about a square mile area near me that's an AT&T dead zone. 3G speeds drop to nearly non-existent speeds and if I go inside a building I switch over to 2G, where I can at least get and receive calls. I've used AT&T's Mark the Spot at that location so many times over the years I've lost count.
Before AT&T gets rid of 2G, they need to make certain that areas which now only work on 2G, work with 3G/4G before killing of 2G.
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Re: what happens in the 2G areas?
said by obeythelaw:Well one would hope that in 4 1/2 years at&t will have upgraded them. If at&t can't accomplish then that says a lot about them.
However, for those suburban and rural areas that only have 2G because AT&T hasn't done anything to those areas, what happens when AT&T flips the switch?
Re: what happens in the 2G areas? My boss lives right in the middle of town, and she has zero coverage in her house and much of her neighborhood. And it isn't a terrain issue, as other carriers work there, and the land around here is fairly flat. It's just that AT&T won't get off their lazy butts and fix it. If they can't do that, I have little confidence that they'll get their EDGE areas converted by 2017. Hell, VZW had 3G here three YEARS before AT&T did. In fact, IIRC, they were the last national carrier to turn it on here. Pathetic.
And I finally found out why U-verse deployment here was so haphazard. There were parts of town with VRAD's in place for years that didn't have service. I happened to talk with a guy who was retired from AT&T, and he said that, yes, the VRAD's were ready, the fiber was ready, but someone had screwed up and never ordered the equipment to go into the CO, which meant that all the stuff deployed was useless. If this were any other company, I wouldn't have believed him, but, given that this is AT&T, it's all too believable.
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Re: what happens in the 2G areas?
said by ISurfTooMuch: I don't understand why someone would pay and continue to be a customer of a company that provides terrible service in their neighborhood. Has your boss tried Verizon?
My boss lives right in the middle of town, and she has zero coverage in her house and much of her neighborhood. And it isn't a terrain issue, as other carriers work there, and the land around here is fairly flat. It's just that AT&T won't get off their lazy butts and fix it.