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21 Dec 2022

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Iceland Delays Its Shutdown on 2G and 3G Until 2025

Iceland has announced that it will be postponing the shutdown of 2G and 3G services until 2025. This announcement comes after extensive talks between the Icelandic Communications Authority and network operators, Vodafone Iceland and Nova.

In response to the public consultation, ECOI received feedback from respondents, probably mobile operators, who requested a postponement of the original plans to close 2G and 3G services by 2024 and 2025, respectively.

The 2G and 3G networks in Iceland have been in operation since the late 1990s, and the Icelandic government had originally planned to shut down both networks by the end of 2022.

However, after careful consideration, the Icelandic Communications Authority has decided to extend the shutdown date until 2025. This decision was made in order to give network operators more time to upgrade their infrastructure and transition users to 4G and 5G services.

With this announcement, Iceland becomes one of the first countries to postpone the shutdown of 2G and 3G services. This is an important step in Iceland's journey towards a fully-modernized communications network.

By extending the shutdown date to 2025, Iceland is giving its citizens more time to adopt new technologies and ensure they can stay connected with ease. For consumers, this postponement means that they will be able to continue using their existing 2G and 3G devices until at least 2025.

This gives them more time to consider upgrading their devices and ensures that they won't be left behind when it comes to accessing the latest communication technology.

Ultimately, this postponement is good news for Iceland's citizens and a testament to the country's commitment to ensuring a reliable, secure communications network for all. With this announcement, Iceland has taken another step towards becoming a leader in telecommunications technology.

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