Telecommunications operator China Unicom (中国联通) has begun closing down its 2G network and requested that services using the technology cease development, our sister site is reporting.

The company has already started the process of frequency reduction and has shut down over 100 low-traffic base stations, a move that it says will help further develop its 4G network.

According to the report, China Unicom’s 2G users make up 2% of its 280 million-strong customer base. Once the 2G services have been halted entirely over 5 million customers who made use of the company’s 2G services will no longer have access to the network.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.