On Jan. 1, 2017 the 2G cellular network will be discontinued permanently across North America to make way for faster networks.
The 2G wireless network was created in the early 1990s as way to communicate on the go with individuals around the world, according to the Federal Communications Commission. As time and technology progressed, 3G and 4G networks were created to replace the 2G network.
Eventually, the rapid growth of more advanced networks began to crowd the available network space. As AT&T noted, mobile usage has grown over 100,000 percent in the past 10 years alone.
With the sunset of the 2G networks comes issues for professionals in the security industry. Many current security and fire alert systems operate their radios on the 2G network, security professional Tom Boisvert said. If these radios are not updated before the Jan. 1, 2017 sundown date, they will effectively be rendered useless.
However, at Protection Associates, Inc. the customers’ security is personal.
“Our customers’ security is our top priority,” Boisvert, owner of Protection Associates, said. And because it is, Protection Associates, Inc. is in the process of updating the radios of its customers. All customers with radios will be contacted to schedule an appointment to update their systems, Boisvert said.
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