When Will Singapore Stop 3G Network?

Mar 12, 2023 | Resource


With the rapid advancement of technology, telecommunication networks around the world are constantly evolving to keep up with the latest trends. In Singapore, the telecom industry has already bid farewell to 2G network in April 2018, and many are now wondering when the country will stop using 3G network. In this blog post, we will discuss the top of when Singapore will stop 3G network.

According to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the 3G license issued to local telcos will expire in 2033. This means that telcos in Singapore are currently allowed to operate 3G network until 2033, after which they will need to switch to newer technologies. However, this does not mean that 3G network will continue to exist until 2033.

In Singapore, when the government decides to decommission a telecom network, they typically notify the public 3-5 years before the actual decommission date. This is to allow telecom companies and the public sufficient time to prepare for the transition to newer technologies. With this in mind, it is likely that Singapore will give ample notice before the 3G network is decommissioned.

One reason why 3G network is being phased out is because it has become outdated and is unable to keep up with the demand for faster data speeds and more reliable connectivity. The newer 4G and 5G networks are designed to provide faster data speeds and lower latency, which is essential for applications such as video conferencing, online gaming, and virtual reality.

Another reason why Singapore is moving away from 3G network is because it frees up bandwidth for newer technologies. By phasing out older networks, Singapore can allocate more bandwidth to newer technologies such as 5G, which will enable the country to stay competitive in the global digital economy.

In conclusion, while the 3G license in Singapore is set to expire in 2033, the actual decommission date of the 3G network is still unknown. Based on Singapore’s history of telecom network decommissioning, the public can expect to be notified 3-5 years in advance to allow sufficient time for preparation. With the move towards newer and faster networks, it is only a matter of time before Singapore stops using 3G network to pave the way for newer technologies.