Jio's demand, government should stop 2G and 3G services! What is your opinion?

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After bringing 4G service at affordable rates in India, Reliance Jio, the company which was at the forefront of 5G service rollout, now wants the government to stop 2G and 3G services in the country. In fact, the telecom operator has said this in its response to the 'Digital Transformation through 5G Ecosystem' consultation paper of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI). The telecom operator wants users to upgrade to modern 4G and 5G networks. At the same time, the special thing is that Vodafone-Idea (Vi) is also supporting this appeal of Jio.

In September 2023, TRAI released a report on 'Digital Transformation through 5G Ecosystem' highlighting the benefits of 5G networks. In response to this report, Jio says that the government should prepare a policy and way to shut down 2G and 3G networks in the country. This will save unnecessary network costs for telecom operators and help users migrate to the new 4G and 5G networks.

It is worth noting that Jio does not have any 2G service in the country, as the company started its services directly on 4G network in 2016. However, Jio is the largest telecom operator in the country and has been playing an important role in shaping and growing the country.

From the customer's point of view, the shutdown of 2G and 3G services may cause inconvenience for some time, especially for users in rural areas. At the same time, once users upgrade to 4G, they will be able to get better internet speed and audio quality than 3G. This will also help in promoting digitalization in those areas of India where people still use feature phones with limited internet connectivity.

However, there is no need to worry about this right now. If TRAI supports this suggestion, it will give enough time to all users to migrate to 4G services. Given the huge number of active 2G and 3G users in India, these networks will not shut down overnight.

It is worth noting that Japan, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan and many other countries have already phased out 2G networks step by step, and have adopted 4G and 5G networks as default. It is expected that India will also follow the same path in the next few years.

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