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3G phase-out: What telematics users need to know

A technological step into the future: 3G sunset in the US will occur in 2022 to pave the way for 4G and 5G connectivity. Now is the right time for telematics users to think about what this means for their fleet. Webfleet is actively supporting their customers in the transition phase to faster data speed and improved network capability. Read here all you need to know about the 3G to 4G shift.

With our rapidly growing demands on technical devices, both in everyday life and at work, the need for faster data transfer rates is growing. While only a maximum of 42 megabits per second was possible on the 3G network, the LTE network (4G) offers up to 300 megabits per second. The 5G network expansion is also being driven forward for the purpose of increased data requirements and faster speeds.

This means that many providers are retiring 3G networks, as frequencies previously occupied by the UMTS (3G) network will be available to LTE and 5G in the future. While some cellular providers are making the switch sooner than others, the final 3G sunset in the US is set to occur in 2022.

What does this mean for telematics users?

The 3G switch-off affects all users of end devices that require fast data transmission to perform their functions – thus not only many cell phone users, but also providers and customers of telematics services.

If you’re managing a fleet and relying on telematics devices, now is the right time to prepare yourself for the future. Many devices used for automation and networking currently still run on 3G. Sooner or later, users will have to consider switching to LTE and 5G-capable devices accordingly. The good news is, that the transition will bring a lot of advantages for your fleet in the long run. This includes for example an extended wireless network coverage, higher bandwidth and data speeds, an improved network reliability as well as a greater compatibility with the latest technologies.

Webfleet: Equipping for the future

Webfleet is known for the reliability of its Webfleet fleet management software and its telematics devices and driver terminals. The next generation vehicle tracking models LINK 740 and LINK 240* both run on LTE-M network and are therefore future-proof for the coming years.

“It is important to us that fleets can be managed efficiently even with external changes, such as the shutdown of the 3G network. The new LINK 740 and 240* models are designed to offer long-term reliability and add further improvements such as CAN-bus connectivity for fuel consumption monitoring and reporting vehicle diagnostics,” explains Matt Gunzenhaeuser, Sales Director at Webfleet North America.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, Webfleet and their fulfilment partners work closely with customers that need to switch to newer vehicle tracking models. This includes free of charge upgrades and discount offers on the integrated Webfleet Video solution. Please get in contact with your Webfleet for further information email or call customer support at 866-224-9451 x1.

If you are working with one of our fulfillment partners, please contact them directly to get the support you need.
OnPoint AVL email or call 888-877-9095

*LINK 220 available soon.

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