Chilean operator Entel will begin gradually shutting down its 2G network in 2024 to focus on developing its 4G and 5G networks.
In a statement, Entel revealed it will begin switching off its 2G network in mid-2024, and will cease selling new services over 2G from August this year. However, 100 sites will remain switched on as they will be the only means of tapping into connectivity for people, but they will eventually be replaced.
The operator stated the move will enable it to “make more efficient and effective” use of spectrum, as well as enhance customer experience and enable efficient energy consumption.
The operator has established a scheme to collect old 2G phones as part of plans to keep the operator sustainable.
Entel sustainability and communications manager Francisca Florenzano said: “It will be a gradual and planned process, which will allow us to minimise any connectivity problem and advance in the process of updating our network throughout the country. I
"In addition, we have designed a communication and support plan specifically aimed at those users who could be affected by this measure, in order to facilitate this transition and ensure that it is carried out with the least possible impact for everyone."