STC lays down 2022 deadline to shutter 3G services

STC lays down 2022 deadline to shutter 3G services

STC (Saudi Telecom Company) has outlined plans to prioritise the growth of 4G and 5G technologies, noting that it expects to decommission its 3G network within “less than two years.”

By ramping up its investment in the newer technologies, the operator seeks to migrate the majority of its 3G customer base by 2022. It has already laid out plans to shut down 3G services “in stage” across “various regions”.

Khaled Al-Darrab, Vice President of Infrastructure Unit at STC, said: ‘The decision to stop the 3G network will increase the focus of our investment on more advanced technologies, ensuring that stc customers enjoy the best possible experiences offered by modern networks, as part of the comprehensive digital transformation path, according to the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision Programme.”

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