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Sunset of the 2G/GSM Network

Phone towerIt has been estimated that more than half of the currently deployed cellular M2M systems are still on the second-generation mobile network, so the impact of its imminent shutdown will be deep & widespread. The 2G shutdown is reminiscent of the Y2K bug – except that negative outcomes are guaranteed, not simply widely feared possibilities.

Currently, the Telstra 900MHz 2G network is due to be shut down on December 1st 2016, while Optus is planning to shut down its 2G network on April 1st 2017. While transitioning to the Vodafone 2G network (shutdown plans yet to be announced) might be effective as a short term stop-gap measure, it is not a long term solution.

Managing the transition to 3G or 4G/LTE is a process that frequently requires more than simple hardware replacement, and can be considerably more complex when the 2G module is deeply integrated within a hardware system. Careful planning will be required, and the exercise is best undertaken with a trusted partner to ensure the smoothest possible changeover. Additionally, the migration process can also be used as an opportunity to re-evaluate, improve and optimize your whole communications strategy and infrastructure.

APC Integration has a wealth of experience at dealing with cellular communications, and with transitioning systems to new communications technologies - even when dealing with legacy systems where the dependency on obsolete communications infrastructure is deeply embedded in the design. For example, we successfully migrated a 65 site Australia-wide X25 dial-up network to 3G despite much of the system software being inextricably dependent upon dial-up modems. This example, along with our experience at delivering Telstra 3G and cloud-based solutions, demonstrates the depth of expertise which makes us ideally placed to assist you with your strategy for dealing with the impending 2G sunset with minimal risk.