Businesses urged to migrate to 4G or 5G for IoT devices

Following the news of Vodafone’s 3G switch-off in Basingstoke and Plymouth. There is a growing need to use 4G and 5G as the only way to meet the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband and data-intensive applications. In short, legacy network technologies must be rationalised; that way, they can make way for more efficient technologies.

Nick Earle, CEO of Eseye discusses the impact 2G and 3G switch off can have on IoT devices and what businesses should plan to do next.

In certain markets, operators are sunsetting (shutting down) 2G/3G networks to reallocate radio frequencies. The mobile network operator landscape (MNO) constantly changes, and the situation varies from country to country. Over the next three to five years, nearly all 2G and 3G networks will shut down across Europe, the US, and Canada.

There is an urgent need for businesses to migrate to 4G or 5G if their IoT devices currently rely on 2G or 3G for connectivity. Although, migrating an estate of thousands of devices from a 2G or 3G legacy network to a different type of network requires time and careful planning.

For IoT, sunsetting has critical implications for device design and hardware selection. Some IoT devices are expected to operate for up to 10-15 years in the field, and companies need to consider how connectivity will change over that period and adjust their strategy and IoT device design accordingly. A multi-RAT-enabled device (radio access technology) is the way forward to keep up with the evolving network landscape and ensure IoT connectivity is future-proofed.

As sunsetting issues inevitably arise, an IoT device that supports multiple RATs is extremely advantageous. For example, eSIMs allow devices to receive over-the-air updates and alternate between networks to achieve the best coverage and availability (providing the modem supports the RAT). A multi-RAT-enabled device could save companies thousands of pounds in upgrade costs in the future. This prevents devices from becoming obsolete or requiring a hardware (module/modem) update in the future to ensure they stay connected.

Meeting the demands of IoT in today’s digital economy, including the sunset dates of network operators, is a challenge. But the sooner you start, the better the opportunities to make the right choices for your business.

IoT connectivity is a complex, ever-changing landscape; no two deployments are the same. Partnerships with experts can take the pain and uncertainty out of your connectivity decisions. They can provide best practices for meeting your requirements while improving your connectivity performance before you start your migration, thus freeing valuable time to focus on business decisions and strategies.

More News
10 hours ago
Data management more complex as cloud deployments diversify
Nutanix, experts in hybrid multi-cloud computing, has announced the findings of its fifth global Enterprise Cloud Index (here) survey and research report, which measures enterprise progress with cloud adoption.
13 hours ago
Offploy selects Conga to cut paperwork
Conga, experts in scalable revenue lifecycle management solutions, has announced that Offploy, a UK-based social enterprise, has implemented Conga solutions, including Conga Composer, Conga Grid, and Conga Sign, to build a software system that supports the company’s mission of supporting the rehabilitation of people with criminal records.
14 hours ago
Optoma launches trio of new laser projectors
Optoma, a manufacturer of visual solutions has announced three new ultra-compact, short-throw DuraCore laser projectors designed to bring high brightness, dependability, and cutting-edge image technology into conference rooms, boardrooms, and other corporate spaces.
1 day ago
A quarter of UK retailers now exclusively offer digital receipts
New research of UK retail outlets has revealed that 84 per cent of stores now offer digital receipts and 24 per cent no longer offer paper alternatives at all.
1 day ago
New ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification program announced
Less than one month after launching the ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme for IT asset management, the ITAM Forum has announced a new program to help end-user organisations achieve ISO ITAM certification.
1 day ago
M-Files achieves record growth in 2022
M-Files, experts in information management, has achieved 33 per cent year-over-year (YOY) growth in subscription revenue and 40 per cent growth in new customer sales in 2022.
1 day ago
Financial institutions transition to net-zero economy with Normative
Financial institutions face some of the strictest climate disclosure requirements of any sector. Normative’s new product update automates the process of accurately calculating financed emissions private equity firms, VCs, and other financial institutions.
2 days ago
Call centre provider to integrate ChatGPT into service offering
Communication software and cloud solutions provider Daktela has become the first call centre as a service (CCaaS) provider to integrate ChatGPT directly into its platform.
2 days ago
Legrand to transform workspace furniture with Incara
Legrand UK & Ireland has announced the launch of Incara, a new product range of multi-functional, economic power devices for the modern workspace.
2 days ago
Maximising productivity in a remote work environment
The experts at, whilst researching the work-from-home culture, discovered that 66 per cent of women preferred working from home and 54 per cent of men preferred working from home.

Login / Sign up