Hauliers warned 2G phase-out could shut down fleet tracking systems

Operators relying on older fleet tracking systems should consider upgrading their technology to avoid ‘major blackouts’ as the UK’s mobile networks begin to phase out 2G, writes Chris Tindall.

In December, the government announced 2G and 3G mobile networks would be phased out by 2033 as part of measures to increase the security of telecoms supply chains and to support a transition to faster technology, such as 5G and eventually 6G.

The ageing 2G network is still used by hundreds of thousands of black box devices to transmit data, but the move to switch it off means it will become obsolete – forcing affected transport firms to swap out the redundant technology and invest in 4G equipment.

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