2G networks will go offline permanently by June 2019, as per the data shared by Gurgaon-based Cybermedia Research (CMR) indicates.
It was estimated 2G networks for mobile services will be phased out by the first quarter of 2020, the CMR research note says. However, market dynamics will advance this by 2-3 quarters, bringing the end of the 2G Internet to around June 2019.
The principal analyst, Kawoosa says in the research note, “With the 4G cellular capability now in a feature phone as well as bundling of entry-level smartphones by various incumbent operators, the pace towards 4G becoming the default wireless Internet access is on the rise. This translates to effectively all wireless broadband users accessing the Internet over broadband, marking not only end to the addition of narrowband wireless (2G) subscribers but also increasing the declining rate.”
To achieve this, telecom operators will have to work towards upgrading its existing 2G Internet users to high-speed 4G networks. Kawoosa in the research note says “mere bundling of the entry-level smartphone might not suffice,” and operators will have to come up with new ways to get users to upgrade. “Operators shall have to understand these consumers deeply and engage with them to maneuver them up the ladder,” he says.