Tigo and Claro switching off 2G in Colombia; Personal to shutter 3G in Argentina

Tigo and Claro switching off 2G in Colombia; Personal to shutter 3G in Argentina

Several Latin American operators are set to shut down networks based on older technology standards.

In Colombia, Tigo confirmed that it switched off its 2G network on 1st November, taking around 2000 1900MHz sites offline and freeing up the spectrum, which will be refarmed and used for its 4G network.

Speaking to El Colombiano, Tigo Colombia’s president Marcelo Cataldo said that just 0.1% of the operator’s subscribers used 2G services – around 11,427 users, based on Tigo’s claimed subscriber base of 11.427 million as of end-September 2022.

Rival Claro Colombia has pushed back the shutdown of its 2G network slightly, with the deadline slipping from end-2022 to February 2023.

Meanwhile in Argentina, Telecom Argentina (Personal) CEO Roberto Nobile has confirmed plans to deactivate the operator’s 3G network from Q1 2023. CommsUpdate reports that Personal has been refarming 12900MHz spectrum since 2020, and 850MHz spectrum since early 2022, and that it plans to use this to offer 3.5GHz C-band connectivity from next year.

Sign-up to our weekly newsletter

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news, articles, event and product updates posted on Developing Telecoms.
Subscribe to our FREE weekly email newsletters for the latest telecom info in developing and emerging markets globally.
Sending occasional e-mail from 3rd parties about industry white papers, online and live events relevant to subscribers helps us fund this website and free weekly newsletter. We never sell your personal data. Click here to view our privacy policy.