What will the 3G switch-off mean for customers and telcos?

It’s the end of 3G as we know it, as the UK is the latest country to begin switching off the twenty-year-old standard. But how are the cost-of-living crisis, consumer apathy for 5G and the Internet of Things complicating its sunsetting?

Who, in 2023, is still using 3G? According to a recent poll by uSwitch of 2,000 people in the UK, one in four phone users still do – yet over half of them were unaware that the 3G network is in the process of being switched off, soon to join copper cables and fax machines as the latest piece of legacy tech in the dustbin of telecoms history.

After 20 years of service, 3G has found itself increasingly overshadowed by 4G, and more recently by 5G, which overtook 3G traffic for the first time in 2022.

Cerillion plc (LON:CER) is a leading provider of billing, charging and customer management systems with more than 20 years’ experience delivering its solutions across a broad range of industries including the telecommunications, finance, utilities and transportation sectors.

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