2G/3G sunset

More and more organizations are concerned about the upcoming phase-out of 2G/3G networks around the world. We have collected all available information about Europe below.

Disabling 2G/3G networks is also known as ‘sunsetting’. Telecom organizations have analyzed whether they can and should phase out 2G/3G, so that more space is freed up for 4G and 5G.

If your intended ‘device’ is designed for 2G/3G, phasing out can cause a lot of problems. It is therefore wise to prepare for the future without 2G/3G.

2G and 3G networks are still essential for many devices, due to the lower costs of the cellular modules. Furthermore, the speeds of 4G are not always relevant for all IoT ‘devices’, for example if only minimal amounts of data need to be sent.

2G/3G sunset schedule

Below you can see when which providers will say goodbye to 2G/3G within Europe.


Vodafone in Europe: 2G – from 2025, 3G – from 2020/2021


Three: 3G – from 2020

TT-Netvaerket: 3G – from 2021

Telenor: 3G – from April 2021

Telia: 3G – from April 2021

TDC: 3G – from December 2022


SFR: 2G – from 2030


Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile): 3G – from June 2021

Vodafone: 2G – from 2025, 3G – from June 30, 2021


Vodafone: 3G – January 31, 2021


Telia: 3G – from 2022


Telia: 3G – from 2022

Bite: 2G – from 2026-2028, 3G – from 2024-2025

The Netherlands

T-Mobile: 2G – from June 2023

KPN: 3G – from January 2022

Vodafone: 3G – from February 2020


Telenor: 2G – from December 31 2025, 3G from January 11 2021


T-Mobile: 2G – from 2024-2025


Telefonica (Movistar): 3G – from 2025


Telia: 3G – from 2025

Tele2: 3G – from 2025


Swisscom (Switzerland and Liechtenstein): 2G – from December 31 2020

Sunrise Communications: 2G – from the end of 2022

United Kingdom

BT (EE): 3G – from 2022

Vodafone UK: 3G – from 2021/2022

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