The announcement on this was made by the UAE Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority.
The sale of mobile devices, which only support 2G networks, will be halted in the United Arab Emirates, from June 2022.
According to a tweet from the UAE’s Telecommunications And Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), second-generation GSM networks will be completely shut down in December 2022.
– TDRA (@tdrauae) August 9, 2021
The activation of the 2G (GSM) network in the United Arab Emirates dates back to 1994, and it is still effective to this day, despite the succession of generations of networks up to 5G, of which the United Arab Emirates were at the forefront of its application through a global strategy and a clear roadmap.
This decision is part of the Authority’s continued efforts in the deployment of 5G in the United Arab Emirates as the main driver of the process of digital transformation, the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence, a- she said earlier in a statement.
Etisalat, the UAE’s largest telecommunications operator, will also phase out its 2G mobile network services and the full plan will be completed by the end of next year. Indeed, the switch to advanced networks such as 5G offers faster mobile data speed, fewer call interruptions as well as better call quality.
“We want you to get online faster than ever before, which is why we will gradually begin to shut down our current 2G mobile network services. We will begin the shutdown in phases, with the full plan to be completed by the end of 2022, ”said a statement posted on Etisalat’s website.
“Whatever your budget, we have a 3G, 4G or 5G compatible device just for you. We also offer a wide range of the latest mobile devices at competitive prices, with entry-level devices starting at Dh126, ”said the largest telecommunications operator in the United Arab Emirates.