In August of 2012, AT&T Inc. announced that the shutdown of its second-generation, or “2G,” wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016. 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.
Why is AT&T shutting down the 2G wireless network?
Data use on wireless networks is increasing exponentially as more and more people adopt smartphones. AT&T realizes that shutting down the 2G network and using that space for 3G and 4G networks will drastically increase data capacity and speed on the newer networks.
Why does the 2G Sunset affect alarm systems?
Wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular networks like the 2G, 3G and 4G networks via multiple companies. Many wireless alarm systems were installed with a 2G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) device that can only communicate via the 2G wireless network. Therefore, when the 2G network ceases to exist on January 1, 2017, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals.
What do you need to do to make sure your alarm system will not be affected by the 2G Sunset?
Give our service team a call Toll Free at 1.877.309.1048 and we can discuss whether your security system may be affected by the AT&T 2G sunset. If it will be affected, we can offer expert analysis of your situation and options for maintaining ultimate security throughout the changing landscape of the wireless alarm system industry.
Affected Areas…So Far
- Minnesota – South Western Corner
- Wisconsin – Untouched
- Iowa – North Western Corner
- North Dakota >50% Sunset
- South Dakota >70% Sunset
Online Tools & More Information
AT&T 2G Sunset Map – The link provided below navigates to an interactive map that is tracking the spread of the AT&T 2G Sunset. You can search by location, city, or zip code. Affected areas are denoted by the stripes on the map.
Additional Information and Covered Services – The link provided below has more information straight from AT&T about their 2G Sunset including FAQs and the devices that are at risk.