China Mobile is shutting down its 3G network in certain regions in China, said a Wednesday report by Chinanews.com.
The company is to close its 3G standard TD-SCDMA base stations in Fuzhou, East China’s Fujian province, according to a notification from the city’s radio regulator.
China’s three major operators – China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom – have begun reducing their 2G and 3G frequencies, allowing for radio frequency to be reallocated to high-speed mobile services.
The decommissioning will not occur immediately, according to a previous China Unicom statement.
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology data shows China had 1.57 billion mobile users by the end of 2018, of whom 1.17 billion are 4G users, indicating that approximately 400 million people still use 2G or 3G.
The move will also benefit China Mobile in its 5G development, officials said.