The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced the shutdown of the 2G network (GSM) in the United Arab Emirates which will be effective at the end of 2022, with leading resources allocated to 5G to make provision for new generations of mobile networks. TRA specified that UAE service providers will offer support to groups that may be affected by the 2G shutdown.
The TRA Director-General, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, said, “The ICT sector is one of the most developed sectors in recent decades. We have witnessed the level of development in mobile networks where generations have progressed from the first to the fifth generation that many countries in the world have begun to implement on the ground, with the UAE in the forefront, as the first in the Arab region and the fourth in the world in the launch and use of 5G, according to the Global Communication Index. Thus, it is highly important for telecom service providers to stop operating less effective networks to allow the operation and activation of the latest and most effective networks.”
Furthermore, Al Mansoori, stated, “Mobile technology is one of the main drivers of innovation in the business world, and telecom companies must constantly develop their networks to keep pace with the rapid and continuous developments in the telecom sector. Today, we are on the threshold of a new era characterized by comprehensive digital transformation, Internet of Things and smart city, where a faster, stronger and the more capable network is needed to withstand the communication between vast numbers of devices.”
This announcement arises as part of TRA’s constant efforts in launching 5G in the UAE as the main engine of the digital transformation process, the fourth industrial revolution and artificial intelligence. Additionally, this step shows the accelerating development of the telecommunications sector, in which mobile networks are continuously developing and changing.