AT&T 2G Cellular Sunset is Happening

AT&T 2G Sunset by 1/1/2017.  Probably Sooner!

2G Cellular Network being turned off.

AT&T’s 2G GSM network shutdown is right on schedule to be completed by January 1, 2017 (or sooner)!

If you have 2G devices on AT&T, your devices will go offline on or before January 1, 2017. In the meantime, AT&T has already stopped adding and certifying new applications, so their customers cannot develop any new GSM M2M/IoT products for use or sale in the U.S. This shutdown will not occur all at once, but will appear sporadically across the country and on January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will cease to exist. You may already have fallen victim!

2G SunsetUnlike cell phone users, who may purchase new phones every year or two, M2M customers often keep the same equipment in place for a decade or more. AT&T counts around 17 million M2M customers across its 2G, 3G and 4G networks, with a large number of those still on 2G. These companies with M2M deployments on the AT&T 2G GSM network must begin transitioning to a new solution immediately.

Cell TowerAT&T’s decision to shut down the 2G network was due to several factors. First, carriers in general have experienced a large increase in the number of smart phones and a dramatic rise in packet-data use. This has forced them to acquire spectrum to add capacity, and deploy more spectrum-efficient protocols in existing spectrum to improve capacity. As a result, AT&T needs to re-use its existing spectrum at 850 MHz and 1900 MHz for 3G and 4G technology deployments.

If your alarm system is more than 3 years old and uses Cellular to send signals to the Central Station, you may be affected.

Aloha Alarm has been sending out notices to customers that will be affected.  If you receive a notice of 2G Upgrade, call your alarm company immediately.  Even though the drop-dead deadline is 1/1/2017, there are parts of the AT&T network that are already being turned off.  Don’t be caught with an alarm that can no longer transmit alarm calls, contact Aloha Alarm right away.

Mark Plischke
Aloha Alarm


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