In another European country, Vodafone will shut down its 3G mobile network in the foreseeable future. The outdated service at the company's German subsidiary will be permanently discontinued in the summer of 2021.
After VodafoneZiggo, 3G network elements can be permanently switched off at another European Vodafone interest. According to officially confirmed local reports, Vodafone Germany is ready in the summer of 2021 to completely remove UMTS technology from its network and provide the freed-up frequency for newer 4G and 5G systems.
After a cautious Dutch attempt ( VodafoneZiggo disconnected the old network in February this year) this may be the first major European market for the UK operator to retire the obsolete system, and will provide a good opportunity for the company to assess the impact of the disconnection on the subscriber base, and share the experience gained with other subsidiaries.
However, according to a statement from Vodafone's head of network design in Germany, it is not worth expecting huge market turbulence, as about 3% of the subscriber base in Germany currently uses 3G only on a regular basis, 5% of the company's total data traffic. are added together.
As a result of the significant proliferation of newer technologies, the company now uses only one-third (one in three blocks) of the originally available spectrum frame for 3G service.
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