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AT&T's Official Statement on the 2G Sunset

On August 3, 2012 AT&T released their official statement on the 2G Sunset, including the date, in the Companys 10Q filing. The statement reads as follows:

"Also as part of our ongoing efforts to improve our network performance and help address the need for additional spectrum capacity, we intend to redeploy spectrum currently used for basic 2G services to support more advanced mobile Internet services on our 3G and 4G networks. We will manage this process consistent with previous network upgrades and will transition customers on a market-by-market basis from our Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) networks (referred to as 2G networks) to our more advanced 3G and 4G networks. We expect to fully discontinue service on our 2G networks by approximately January 1, 2017." 

 
Click here to read this statement in AT&T's 10Q online. 

2G Sunset Articles


T-Mobile Upgrading 2G Network to LTE, Renewing Map Wars
Wireless Week
March 13, 2014
"T-Mobile today revealed its plans to upgrade its 2G/EDGE GSM network and deploy LTE on that spectrum. The carrier plans to complete 50 percent of the transition by the end of 2014 and to substantially finish the rest of the project in 2015."
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Sierra: 2G M2M Sales For Long-Term Apps In The U.S. Are Over
FierceWireless

February 27, 2013
“AT&T and Verizon plan to shutter their respective 2G networks in order to refarm their 2G spectrum for LTE. Both carriers have complained that they do not have enough spectrum to meet customer demands.”
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AT&T Will Shutter its 2G Network by 2017
FierceWireless
August 3, 2012

"AT&T Mobility plans to shut down its 2G network by 2017 as it refarms that spectrum and deploys more advanced services."
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AT&T Sets Deadline for Sunset in Four Years
USA Today
August 3, 2013

"AT&T said Friday that the shutdown of its second-generation, or "2G," wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016..."
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AT&T Ending Network by 2017
The Wall Street Journal
August 3, 2012
"AT&T Inc. is shutting down its second-generation, or 2G, wireless networks by 2017 as it continues to upgrade its systems to faster technology and better use its limited airwaves."
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T-Mobile's latest ad hypes coverage while carrier kicks off refarming campaign
FierceWireless

T-Mobile is also working to free space on its 2G GSM network by offering upgrades to customers that purchase new 3G HSPA devices.
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T-Mobile may be sunsetting 2G, but its M2M biz keeps growing
gigaom.com
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Of the four Tier I operators, T-Mobile has been the most aggressive when it comes to cannibalizing its 2G spectrum for mobile broadband.
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Verizon Argues Against PCS Fix for LTE Traffic
WirelessWeek

"PCS refarming alone cannot offset the increasing capacity constraints on the company’s LTE network, and thus is not a substitute for additional AWS spectrum," Verizon said in a letter sent to the FCC last week.

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DT's Obermann: Another sale of T-Mobile USA not in the cards
FierceWireless
May 24, 2012
"T-Mobile plans to deploy LTE next year using AWS spectrum and will start refarming its 2G 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for HSPA+ services."
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AT&T Starts Refarming 2G Spectrum in New York City
FierceWireless
May 23, 2012
"AT&T said the refarming will lead to an improvement in customers' overall exprience as they upgrade to AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE networks."
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AT&T's Kris Rinne on the specifics of moving to VoLTE
FierceBroadbandWireless
May 16, 2012
"What keeps AT&T up at night...the transition from GSM to UMTS."
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T-Mobile, Leap
agree to swap AWS spectrum

FierceWireless

April 9, 2012

“By mid-2013, T-Mobile expects half of its 1900 MHz spectrum to be devoted to GSM while the other half will run HSPA+ services, and that by then half of its AWS spectrum will support HSPA+ and the other half LTE. The carrier did not detail when it would reach the "final state" of its spectrum refarming, but indicated that by then the vast majority of its 1900 MHz spectrum will be used for HSPA+ while its 1700 MHz spectrum will be used for LTE.”
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AT&T urges customers to upgrade from 2G networks

MarketWatch

March 1, 2012

“In recent weeks, the carrier has begun sending out notices to some customers still accessing the erstwhile cellular network to swap out their devices for newer ones that can run on 3G networks.”

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T-Mobile pounds the first nail in 2G's coffin

GIGAOM

February 23, 2012

“In an analyst conference call on Thursday, T-Mobile unveiled a plan to radically reshape its networks, shutting down the majority of its 2G GSM capacity…”

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LTE spectrum: How much do the big carriers have?
NetworkWorld
Joan Marsh, a vice president of federal regulatory affairs at AT&T, says while AT&T has enough spectrum to run a strong nationwide LTE network in the long run, the company wanted to merge with T-Mobile to acquire "spectrum that will support depth while our customers migrate to 4G." Marsh adds that "There's a sunset plan for our 2G network but it's a multiyear process."
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Verizon demands LTE in all future smartphones, tablets
GIGAOM
Janaury 12, 2012
Verizon CTO Tony Melone has said"... its 3G EV-DO component is living on borrowed time. Verizon plans to start offering its first LTE-only phones in 2013, converging all its services onto a single network."
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