What You Need to Know About the 3G Sunset

If you’ve started noticing slower speeds in some of your IoT and GPS solutions, you’re not the only one; and it’s only a matter of time before they stop working altogether. All 3G network providers, including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, have announced that they will be shutting down their 3G networks as early as the end of 2021. This means that older, 3G technology needs to be upgraded to newer, 4G LTE technology. Not only does replacing old devices prevent you from encountering service disruptions, but it also brings you faster speeds and longevity with expanding networks.

Many fleet, trailer, and asset managers rely on telematics devices to gain visibility on their vehicles, increase utilization, cut operational costs, and more. Knowing where their vehicles are at all times, smart fleets are able at optimize routes, complete more trips, and improve customer service. As this level of service has become more of a norm, and the booming economy has led to higher freight volumes, losing fleet visibility can be extremely risky. Service disruptions will lead to unhappy customers and an unnecessary loss in profits.

It’s best to plan ahead for your upgrade to 4G devices. As the deadline gets closer, the risk of inventory shortages and rushed installations grows. If 3G networks are shut down before you can replace your old devices, you could lose crucial data and visibility.

4G networks are expected to operate through at least 2030, so you can leverage the benefits of 4G devices and have confidence that they will be supported for many years to come. Preparing for the 3G sunset and transitioning to 4G may seem like a tedious task, but it can be convenient and seamless. Spireon Experts are happy to provide one-on-one guidance to help you review your existing devices, make recommendations for upgrades, and plan for installations. For helpful FAQs, checklists and more, visit our Resource Center. When you’re ready to start your upgrade process, contact Spireon at 1-800-557-1449.

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