What's the Story? UK operators to trade 3G for more efficient networks

Light Reading's Tereza Krásová joins the podcast to discuss UK operators' plans to turn off their 2G and 3G networks.

Kelsey Ziser, Senior Editor

August 1, 2023

Light Reading's Tereza Krásová joins the podcast to discuss plans UK operators have to turn off their 2G and 3G networks. Tereza examines the timelines for shutting down these networks, what it could mean for subscribers and what the energy savings benefits will be. She also chats about the impact that sunsetting 3G will have on future 5G deployments.

For a lightly edited transcript, please click the caption button in the video toolbar.

Here are a few topics we cover:

  • Why UK operators are turning off their 2G and 3G networks (00:49)

  • Progress toward sunsetting old networks (02:19)

  • Timeline for turning them off (02:26)

  • Challenges to turning off 2G and 3G (04:05)

  • Energy and sustainability benefits to be gained (06:47)

  • How turning off 2G and 3G could impact future 5G deployments (11:02)

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— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

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