Now that certain wireless network providers have announced that they are bringing an end to their 2G services, you may have a few questions. Most people wondering about this much talked about 2G migration are members of the fleet management industry. With so many fleet services relying heavily on 2G services, such as GPS, there are a number of questions that need to be answered before the switch occurs.
Why are 2G Networks Being shut down?
A 2G network is being shut down in order to allocate more resources toward better and faster services. Because more people are using faster services like 3G and 4G, eliminating 2G networks is the easiest way to free up network capacity for more users. Shutting down 2G services is the best way to make sure all customers can experience a higher quality interaction with their network.
How Long Will It Take?
The shutdown has already begun and is to be concluded by December 31, 2016. This means that any 2G services will remain in place until that date. You may choose to make the switch sooner, but it isn’t necessary.
How Does This Affect Fleet Services?
The shutdown will affect fleet services in one very important way. Many companies within the fleet services industry outfit their vehicles with machine-to-machine, or M2M, units to track their location and ensure quality service. Because fleet services require M2M units, which only operate on their pre-determined networks, the shift from 2G to any upgraded systems will be more in-depth. If your company has 2G M2M units in its vehicles, you will need to either upgrade to a faster network or switch carriers in order to keep your service up and running.
How Soon Should a Business Make the Switch?
Sooner is always better. Making the switch from 2G to a more powerful network is something that should be done as soon as you are comfortable. While it is a great idea to take your time and make sure you are making the right choice for your company, making sure that you get what you need before the migration actually occurs is vitally important. You don’t want to be left without service, do you? Make sure that you have all your facts straight and have decided what you want to do before you contact your provider about switching from the 2G network.
The 2G shutdown process is anticipated to be a smooth transition for all involved. The increased speed and efficiency of the newer networks should prove to be advantageous for all involved, including business owners and fleet drivers alike.