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Telguard Webinar Addresses AT&T 2G Deadline, Other Sunset Issues

Posted By Bob Ogle, Tuesday, August 07, 2012

AT&T has established a deadline of Dec. 31, 2016, for discontinuation of its 2G network, emphasizing the need for security dealers to turn their attention to more advanced cellular alarm communications and data transmission.

Telguard is sponsoring a webinar to help members understand what the 2G sunset will mean to them, along with other technology issues. The webinar – "Update: Setting the Record Straight on 2G, 3G and 4G” – is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. Central time.

Click here to register or to learn more about the webinar.

This webinar is a follow-up to a well-attended June 19 webinar in which AT&T and Qualcomm experts reviewed the future of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. Shawn Welsh, vice president of marketing and business development for Telguard, will review information shared in the previous session, and also include new content and additional time for questions and answers in light of AT&T’s announcement.

Welsh has estimated that as support for 2G technology continues to erode, the industry has 3 million 2G radios that will have to be replaced in the next five years.

Bob McVeigh, chair of ESA’s Industry Affairs committee, said it is significant to finally have a confirmed date for the shutdown of AT&T’s 2G network and the transition from Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communications.

"Most alarm dealers now have a definitive date that almost every product installed or sold to their customers needs to be replaced with a different technology in order to continue communications,” McVeigh said. "For some dealers, this could be a daunting task with potentially thousands of customers affected. In addition, any new equipment needs to be carefully vetted to ensure which network it communicates over, since 2G GSM systems are still being offered for current installations.”

While 2017 is the hard date, McVeigh said, degradation of 2G services will begin much earlier as towers get converted on a site-by-site basis, often with no warning.

"Sometimes watching a ‘sunset’ isn’t so pretty,” he said. "We should count ourselves fortunate that this information is coming now, since they have no legal obligation to spread the word. The prudent dealer will begin the switchover now to protect customers and the value of their company.

"There are many choices out there for communications and a lot of information to sift through to make a good decision. Now is the time to get our homework done and pick the most reliable future-ready products available. ESA is a great resource and also can point members in the direction for success. Our customers deserve our diligence in this effort.”

Tags:  2G  Sunset  technology  wireless 

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