Vodafone’s plan to retire its 3G network in 2023 is an important step towards a sustainable future, according to Sharad Sharma, VP Head of Network and B2B Business at NTT DATA UK.
He said: “Vodafone’s planned retirement of its UK 3G network represents a positive move away from legacy technology towards more efficient 4G and 5G services.
“The greater efficiency of these technologies also supports Vodafone in its strategy to reach net zero carbon emissions across its UK operations by 2027.”
Vodafone is retiring 3G after 17 years and nearly 500bn minutes of calls to improve the 4G and 5G experience for its customers.
Today, less than 4% of the data used on Vodafone’s network travels on 3G, in comparison to more than 30% in 2016.