Another Network Shutdown? Here’s What You Need to Know
Take steps now to prepare for the transition to 4G LTE—and future technology changes.
By Carl Rysdon, Vice President of Sales
The carrier sunsetting of 3G networks has begun. Verizon is shutting down its legacy CDMA 3G networks. That means all telematics devices that run on this 3G network will no longer function by late 2021 or early 2022. Verizon will start shutting down in January 2021.
Network shutdowns have happened before—and they’ll happen again. Technology is constantly evolving.
Although the timeline varies for each carrier to discontinue their 3G networks, it’s vital to take action now.
Here’s what you need to know for the 3G shutdown—and future ones.
Why is the 3G shutdown happening?
Technology changes. Network carriers need to accommodate newer technology and improved network capacity. So, they are repurposing the 3G spectrum to make way for a more advanced 4G LTE network.
What will happen to my 3G devices?
All 3G devices will need to be replaced. Planning now means eliminating the risk of service disruption, and the resulting problems for your business. You don’t want to come into work and discover your GPS fleet management solution is no longer tracking some or all of your vehicles.
How do I know if I have 3G devices?
You may not know if you have 3G devices, and that’s okay. Current NexTraq customers can call 1-844-919-2005.
I’m busy. How long will the upgrade to 4G LTE take?
Busy fleet managers know scheduling upgrades can be challenging. NexTraq can help by planning the switch around your schedule. Current customers can call 1-844-919-2005.
If you have another provider’s 3G devices, learn how NexTraq can make your transition from 3G as smooth as possible. Call 1-844-919-2007 to find out how easy it can be.
“We plan around your schedule to minimize disruptions for your business,” said Maggie Ishak, Vice President of Operations. “NexTraq works with over 1,500 Mobile Electronics Certified Professional (MECP) installers, who routinely equip on-road vehicles, off-road vehicles, and other mobile assets like trailers and shipping containers throughout North America.”
This is such a pain. How can I make this easier next time?
While the 3G shutdown may seem like a hassle, it’s actually a great opportunity to future-proof your telematics solution.
Use the 3G shutdown to make the inevitable technology upgrades easier next time. The NexTraq Warranty ensures our customers under contract can painlessly upgrade equipment at no additional cost.
Plus, as the best in the business, the NexTraq Warranty provides 100% coverage on cables, peripherals, harnesses and more. There are no activation fees for upgraded devices.
And that ensures you’re ready for the next network shutdown when it comes along.
What’s the benefit of 4G LTE?
Upgrading devices now is a long-term solution to continuous technology changes. 4G LTE’s improved technology can help you get more work, maximize vehicle uptime, stay in regulatory compliance, and start to improve your bottom line.
“Transitioning to 4G LTE now can make your life easier in the long run,” explained Pankaj Sharma, Vice President of Marketing and Product at NexTraq. “Plus, you’ll also benefit from NexTraq’s powerful, real-time insights. We provide the advanced tools you need to help stay on schedule, keep up with vehicle maintenance, track mobile assets, and monitor driver behaviors.”
What happens to my old 3G devices?
Electronic waste is a concern for many businesses. NexTraq is committed to sustainability. We’ll responsibly recycle your old devices for you when you upgrade to 4G LTE.
Can NexTraq can help me plan for the future?
Networks may change, but NexTraq is always here for you. NexTraq can help you monitor, improve, and grow your business while planning your 3G/CDMA sunset strategy. Our goal is to make sure you’re ready for the 3G shutdown, as well as future technology changes.
As a MICHELIN® group company, NexTraq is more than just a provider of vehicle and asset tracking solutions. We’re a valued GPS fleet and mobile workforce management partner to our customers—helping them succeed with every vehicle, every mobile asset, and every employee—every day.