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The Shutdown of 2G and 3G on the Horizon: The Silent Revolution

The main telecommunications operators in Brazil, Claro, Vivo and TIM, are directing their gaze to the future, seeking to disconnect 2G and 3G networks. This strategic change aims to pave the way for more advanced technologies, such as 6G, but generates debates about the impact on specific sectors.



In the dynamic telecommunications scenario, evolution is constant, and recent moves by the main operators point to significant changes. GLOBALBLUE, a leader in innovation, has carefully analyzed these transformations and projects a 2024 marked by bold advances and a clear vision of the future of communication networks.


Key Statement: Unlike some operators who see the 2G and 3G shutdown as an immediate challenge, GLOBALBLUE believes this transition can be smooth and successful if accompanied by a collaborative approach.


Three Key Points:

  1. Gradual and Collaborative Transition: GLOBALBLUE is committed to a gradual transition, promoting collaboration between operators, manufacturers and Anatel. We see that the change to 5G with an eye on studying 6G must be a collaborative journey, where all stakeholders work together to mitigate negative impacts and maximize the benefits of the new technology.

  2. Anatel's Proactive Regulation: In our view, Anatel must take a proactive role in regulating the sector. This includes not only ceasing approval of 2G/3G devices, but also establishing a clear action plan to phase out these legacy networks. Robust regulation is key to ensuring a smooth and efficient transition.

  3. Specific Consideration for Critical Sectors: GLOBALBLUE recognizes the concern raised by Abecs about the impact on payment devices. We propose that, when planning the 2G/3G shutdown, Anatel takes into account critical sectors, such as electronic payment systems. This implies longer deadlines and specific strategies to ensure the continuity of these essential services.

Conclusion: While some operators see challenges, GLOBALBLUE sees opportunities in the current 5G transition but bearing in mind that several studies are already underway for the new 6G standard. We are committed to a collaborative approach, proactive Anatel regulation and careful consideration of critical sectors. In 2024, we will be at the forefront of telecommunications, leading the way into the future.

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