3G Sunset

AT&T, Verizon* and other carriers have announced the shutdown – or sunset –of their 3G wireless networks.

What is a 3G Network?

3G networks began rolling out in 1998, launching the mobile Internet that we have come to think of today on our cell phones. For the first time, 2 Mbps (megabits per second) speeds were available to stationary users. This speed allowed for browsing the Internet, reading emails and the very beginning of watching video online.

Beginning in 2016, as 2G networks faced a sunset, 3G networks became the standard communication technology used in security panels across the country.

Why is the 3G network sunsetting?

In response to the need for increased speeds and greater bandwidth driven by today’s data-driven consumers, national cell carriers will soon begin migrating fully from 3G to 4G LTE & 5G mobile telecommunications across North America.

Shutting down the older network will drastically increase data capacity and speed on the newer networks.

What does a 3G Sunset mean for my security?

Your alarm system was installed with a 3G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) communicator, which was the newest technology available at that time.

Although the wireless carriers have published specific dates for the termination of 3G, this does not guarantee 3G services will be fully available until the sunset. It is common practice for carriers to reduce coverage during these transition periods.

This will begin to render current technologies obsolete and create sweeping implications for the security industry, including directly affecting our customer’s security systems. It will be important to take action as soon as possible to avoid any disruption in service.

The cellular communicator on your security system will need to be replaced to operate on the new networks. 

It is important to note that this change will NOT just impact Vector Security customers, but ALL alarm customers nationwide that utilize 3G networks that are shutting down.