As per the title has anyone seen a rollout (rollin?) schedule for the Three UK 3G turnoff? Or, for that matter for any of the others?
I hope they start work on the 1,000's of UMTS only sites they have.Three are planning to have 3G gone by the end of 2024.
It's in their T&Cs as well should you take out a new contract with them. This is what my T&Cs said almost exactly 12 months ago.
Between October and December 2024, we will be making changes to the Three Network. Following these changes, you will need a 4G or 5G handset capable of making voice calls on the 4G network, or a 4G or 5G router to access the Three Services. 3G-only devices, and early 4G handsets that can only make 3G voice calls, will no longer work on the Three Network.
Thanks for the link, the 'key expectations' section is interesting.
To be honest, it's the Three mast near my home that I'm most interested in as I want to know when to check if they made 4G data usable & I'm guessing that'll be when they turn off 3G. Overall, given the timescales published by Voda & EE, I'm quite surprised that neither have any published plans that I can find.
Same here, but it's been like that for months. I think it reflects their aspirations before the switchoff was delayed rather than a current timetable.If you go to the vodafone status or coverage page(s) there is an option to see future coverage (3 months it says!) and in my area 3G has no coverage.
Interesting I will keep an eye out for this.In some areas/on some sites, Three's remaining 5MHz spectrum in the 2100Mhz frequency (for 3G use) has started to be refarmed over to newer technologies (4G/5G) in recent days/weeks.
I saw 15MHz of B1 (EARFCN 76) available on a site in the centre of Reading yesterday, and it's showing in cellmapper for some sites in London too.
My guess is that they're targeting sites where there is 'sufficient' (according to their coverage models) coverage from other nearby sites to continue to provide a service on 3G.
Following storm Babet, my local Vodafone reception got very flaky with much slower speeds & regular dropouts, the speeds now seem better but dropouts continue. I now wonder if it's part of the 3G turnoff. I live in a rural location with service from just a single mast.Vodafone were in the area recently and caused much upset with dropped calls, missed calls, delayed texts and whatnot for those in the town centre. What I see is that the signal level at the house has dropped a bit and most calls are now over wifi depending on what room I'm in, I'm on the outskirts and did notice anything amiss at the time but I'm not a heavy user of calls and texts.
Some spoke to vodafone and it was to do with the 3G switch off and the website did reflect that on the status page.
Interesting I will keep an eye out for this.
I really do hope Three do not simply turn off 3G masts that are currently covered by an overlapping 4/5G site.
There is a solitary UMTS 2100Mhz mast in a local town which has never been touched. It provides indoor coverage in that town yet outdoor, you get weak 4G/5G from a macro site 3 miles away.
If I start to see Three shutting these sites down I’ll PAC straight out because it’s completely unacceptable to wipe out coverage in these areas.
Especially when EE, Vodafone and O2 have a 4G presence providing indoor wall to wall coverage.
I haven't seen or heard of Three decommissioning any UMTS only sites so I am jumping the gun a little. There is a reason why Three have not upgraded them to 4G though.If they're re-farming it to 4G, then coverage should be fine, right? At least for people with 4G devices.
Unfortunately, it's very possible it might happen - I believe EE are already doing it.I really do hope Three do not simply turn off 3G masts that are currently covered by an overlapping 4/5G site.
I can't remember the last time I came across one on EE.Unfortunately, it's very possible it might happen - I believe EE are already doing it.
I guess the thinking is that since the 2100MHz network was planned/rolled out the lower frequencies that have since become available/deployed can be used to continue to provide some coverage where previously, with the higher frequency, it was necessary to have a more dense network.