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Orange will turn off the 3G network in additional regions. First, around Słupsk and Koszalin [mapa]

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Orange Polska continues to turn off older 3G technology in our country. The process will soon cover other regions. The operator has published a schedule of outages until the end of 2024.

Orange Polska started the process of turning off the 3G network at the end of September 2023. In the first stage, the changes concerned the areas of Piła and Sieradz.

“The 900 MHz band frequencies freed up by 3G are used for the LTE network. This allows it to increase its range and capacity, which translates into improved comfort of using mobile services,” the release said. According to the announcements, the entire process is intended to accelerate the speed of the Internet and increase the quality of conversations and connections.

Orange turns off the 3G network

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The next 3G network shutdowns will take place around May Słupsk and Koszalin.

Orange's plans show that in September the changes will include:Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship and a part of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. In October, outages are planned in the vicinity of Wrocław and Wałbrzych, in large parts of the Masovian Voivodeship, in the eastern region of Greater Poland and in the southwestern part of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

This year, the process is to be continued in several areas in November, including: near Szczecin, Płock, Radom and Suwałki.

Plan until the end of 2024Orange Polska

Residents of affected areas should check whether their phone and SIM card support 4G LTE and VoLTE. The operator noted that residents of the Koszalin and Słupsk area should do so by May 6.

Important information for customers

For some people, turning off 3G technology may mean the need to replace the oldest SIM cards and phones. “If it turns out that the SIM card needs to be replaced with a newer one, it can be done free of charge in an Orange showroom,” they assured.

Importantly, customers who continue to use SIM cards or older type phones that do not support 4G will be provided with 2G services.

Orange plans to phase out 3G across the country by the end of 2025. “Plans for further shutdowns will be communicated several months in advance,” the operator declared. T-Mobile has already stopped providing 3G services in Poland.

3G is the third generation of the mobile network, which, compared to 2G, enabled better call quality and access to the mobile Internet at a speed of 7.2 Mb/s. However, with wider access to the Internet on mobile devices, 3G has become insufficient.

Main photo source: Orange Polska

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