Understanding What the 2G Network Shutdowns Mean to You

With our recent debut of 4G LTE connectivity, PeopleNet became the first fleet management provider to give customers access to these networks in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Why is this important? In addition to giving fleets the ability to realize faster connection speeds and better geographical coverage, it is also part of our strategy to “future-proof” our solutions.

One of the primary reasons behind this effort is the continued shutdown of existing 2G networks. With the superior 4G LTE networks gaining popularity at both the consumer and enterprise levels, carriers are already beginning to phase out support and availability of older networks.

The first carrier to do this was AT&T, which ended support for its 2G network at the end of 2016.

Others are following suit, with Canada’s Bell and Telus shutting down their 2G networks later this year. Back in the United States, both Verizon and T-Mobile have plans to sunset their 2G networks in the next few years.

While some of these sunset dates seem like a ways off, users will likely start to experience a degradation in coverage much sooner. Carriers will begin to reduce capacity and turn off some towers well ahead of sunset dates in an effort to encourage users to upgrade more quickly.

While these numerous shutdowns might seem daunting, PeopleNet’s connection to 4G LTE networks is part of our ConnectedFleet strategy to help ensure that you can reliably connect your drivers, devices and equipment in real-time — both today and in the future.

Interested in learning more about how PeopleNet’s Managed Network works? Contact us today for more information about the 2G network shutdowns and to hear how we are enabling increased efficiencies and improved safety in fleets just like yours.

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