2G/3G Sunset: Don’t get left behind

2G/3G Sunset: Don’t get left behind

2G/3G Sunset: Don’t get left behind

                                                     Timeline for carriers sun-setting old networks

When AT&T turned down its 2G network in 2016, around 70 percent of San Francisco’s buses and trains disappeared from the NextMuni system map, which tracks vehicle locations in real-time and predicts arrival times. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFTMA) then faced weeks of mounting public pressure while it scrambled to upgrade its legacy monitoring devices.

Significant changes will impact many fleets and their telematics solutions in 2019. A perfect storm is taking shape as the AOBRD exemption expires on December 16, 2019. With mobile carriers phasing out older 2G and 3G wireless networks, it is critical you stay ahead of these changes to minimize any impact to your fleet.

Fleets that installed AOBRDs chose to take advantage of the two-year grandfather period rather than migrating immediately to ELDs, but that exemption is set to expire December 16, 2019.

In addition to the AOBRD sunset, many fleets soon will need to replace telematics hardware that runs on 2G and 3G wireless networks.

Since the first analog systems launched in the 1980s, cellular technology continues to rapidly evolve with another evolutionary step on the horizon as mobile network operators roll out Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks and phase out legacy 2G and 3G networks. With the 2G/3G network sunset underway, it’s incredibly important for companies to consider an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy based on LTE technology or LTE technology with support for 2G/3G fallback.

Major U.S. cellular carriers are phasing out those older networks to free up spectrum for faster 4G LTE devices. Verizon, for one, plans to complete its 2G and 3G shutdown at the end of 2019.

We strongly suggest that you:

  • Inventory your platforms and requirements
  • Identify areas of exposure
  • Set a migration strategy sooner than later

As you create your migration strategy you should also evaluate if you have your arms around the resources required for a success migration.  These resources include:

  • Budget (hardware, software, implementation)
  • Staff resources to support migration
  • Data usage for new devices and applications
  • Carrier network coverage
  • Costs for updated wireless carrier plans
  • Equipment down time

To supplement your finance and staff resources you may want to consider leasing your fleet technology bundle and using a third party to complete to migration.

Leasing allows you to take advantage of the latest devices (smartphones, tablets, mounting brackets, cameras, etc.) and software (ELD, Scheduling, Routing, Forms, Training, etc.) to provide a secure and complete technology bundle for your fleet.  The solutions available today will make your fleet more efficient, safe and cost effective.

While there a numerous fleet technology solutions available, managing the activations, and implementations is more complicated than you would think.  Too many times, fleets invest in state of the art technologies but fail to invest in implementing them successfully.  A third party vendor that specializes in deploying and managing fleet technology bundles will result in a successful and timely migration.  

Choosing the right partner is essential for minimizing the complexity of the transition to new cellular technologies and ensuring a scalable long-term fleet technology solution. By working with a single partner instead of trying to coordinate multiple vendors and piece together disparate solutions, companies can also ensure that their migration projects will be managed efficiently and strategically.

Click here for OVATION’s Leasing Bundle Program

OVATION offers a complete package of expertise and solutions to help you manage this process and a convenient lease program to make the entire process of upgrading your mobility affordable.

Contact us for:

  • The right technology, devices and accessories
  • Lease program- save vs making capital expenditures
  • Ability to include all the apps, software and licensing fees in one lease payment
  • A support program with help desk for deploying and managing your mobility