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22 Dec 2022

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Telia Lietvua Says Goodbye to 3G

It is with a heavy heart that Telia Lietvua announces the switch-off of its 3G network. After more than a decade of providing customers with reliable mobile data and voice services, the telecommunications giant has decided to retire the much-loved 3G technology in favor of the more advanced 4G and 5G networks.

Earlier in March, Telia Lietuva--an operator in the country--also pulled the plug on its 3G network in eastern Lithuania, specifically in Utena, Moletai, Ignalina, and Svencionys.

The spectrum's 900 MHz to 2.1 GHz bands on this network used to support 3G service were relinquished to the operator's 4G operation. However, before doing so, Šemeškevičius has promised an increase in speed for its 4G service from 600 Mbps to 800 Mbps.

This move will bring many customer benefits, but it also means saying goodbye to an old friend. The news surprises many who have grown accustomed to relying on 3G technology for their day-to-day communications needs.

The move is part of a larger plan to upgrade the infrastructure and services offered by Telia Lietvua. With the advent of 5G technology, many users have seen their internet speeds increase exponentially, making it difficult for them to continue using their 3G devices.

The company is urging customers with 3G devices to upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of the improved speeds offered by 5G. In addition, Telia Lietvua also offers discounts on select 5G-compatible devices, which can help customers save money when upgrading.

Other options are still available for customers who need help upgrading their devices. For example, customers can switch to a 4G device, which should provide comparable speeds to 3G and is available at much lower prices than 5G devices.

Customers can also opt for a prepaid SIM card that offers 4G speeds, though these plans usually come with limited data and may only be suitable for some.

Globally, there has been a campaign to shut down 3G networks this year, with Verizon Communications saying they would decommission their 3G network by the end of this year. Meanwhile, Telecom Italia turned off its 3G service in October, and other operators in Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa outlined proposed dates for the shutoff of their networks.

Also Read: The Benefits of 5G in Emerging Markets

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