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Danish telcos ring the starting bell for 3G shutdown

A week after Telia and Telenor announced a 5G RAN sharing deal in Denmark, the two operators have announced that they will start to shut down their shared 3G network from April 2021. This is in line with a strong trend among European MNOs to plan to sunset 3G networks long before 2G ones, which contrasts with North America and parts of Asia, where 2G networks are well into the process of shutdown. In Europe, most operators want to keep at least some of their 2G spectrum active to support wide coverage for voice and, particularly, machine-to-machine services like asset tracking. 3G has never been as effective for such applications, and its 2.1 GHz spectrum will be more valuable to…

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