Digicel has confirmed it will deactivate its 2G network in Trinidad and Tobago next year.

The telco said it will switch off its network on March 31, 2024.

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The company will instead focus on its 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE services.

Digicel has urged its customers with 2G SIM cards to trade their SIM cards for 4G-compatible ones free of charge, to ensure that their devices can support at least 3G technology.

"We appreciate our customers’ understanding, patience, and continued trust in our services," said Reyanne Sobers, general manager of consumer mobile at Digicel. "This upgrade reaffirms our commitment to delivering the best solutions on Trinidad and Tobago’s most reliable network."

Operators have also reportedly designed technical solutions to eliminate 2G and 3G-only devices.

In September, Vietnam's government outlined its plan to switch off its 2G network next year.

In the UK, all four mobile operators have agreed to switch off 2G services by 2033, while in France Bouygues Telecom will decommission its 2G network by the end of 2026.

However, it's still some distance behind other nations, with Japanese network operators notably calling time on their 2G service back in 2011.