Video Blog: What Is The AT&T 2G Sunset?

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    Video Blog: What Is The AT&T 2G Sunset?

    I wasn't joking in the video when I say the first time I heard about this "2G Sunset" I was a little confused. I have had to learn industry jargon from ground zero since I joined ADS in 2013. The AT&T 2G Sunset has been on the horizon for a while, but it's become a huge deal this year because as of December 31, 2016 the entire 2G network will be shut down. 

    If you've been ignoring the issue - you don't want to ignore it anymore. This is the year it matters. If you've never heard of the 2G Sunset, but have an alarm system that communicates over a wireless network, it's important that you make sure your system won't be effected. 

    This shutdown will not occur all at once. It will appear sporadically across the country throughout 2016 and on January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will cease to exist. We hope this short video explaining the 2G Sunset will help you better understand the urgency of this matter.

    Why is AT&T shutting down the 2G wireless network?

    Data use on wireless networks is increasing as more and more people adopt smartphones. AT&T realizes that shutting down the 2G network and using that space for 3G and 4G networks will drastically increase data capacity and speed on the newer networks.

    Why does the 2G Sunset affect alarm systems? 

    Wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular networks like the 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Many wireless alarm systems were installed with a 2G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) device that can only communicate via the 2G wireless network. Therefore, when the 2G network ceases to exist, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals. 

    What do you need to do to make sure your alarm system will not be affected by the 2G Sunset? 

    If your system will be affected, we will discuss the next step in making sure your alarm system will be protected from the elimination of the 2G wireless network

    Contact ADS at 1-866-837-8110  and we can determine whether your system will be affected.

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    Lauren Conger

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    Lauren is the Associate Marketing Manager at ADS. She loves her job because she can be creative and work alongside wonderful people. She always appreciates awesome alliterations and dad jokes. Lauren loves Nebraska Football, traveling, chili cheese fries, and her dog Ginger.

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    6 comments on article "Video Blog: What Is The AT&T 2G Sunset?"

    Keith Ely

    2/26/2016 2:33 PM

    Evidently the 2G shutdown has already started here in Franklin, TN.


    Lauren Conger

    2/26/2016 3:11 PM

    Keith, the 2G shutdown will be happening sporadically across the country throughout this whole year. Be sure to call our Customer Care team to make sure your system won't be effected. Thanks for taking the time to watch the video and sharing where the 2G Sunset has already started!


    Jim Keirstead

    2/26/2016 5:42 PM

    How do I know if my alarm system is 2G


    Lauren Conger

    2/29/2016 9:22 AM

    To see if your system will be effected please call our Customer Care Department at 1-866-837-8110. Thanks for checking.


    John Killian

    2/26/2016 7:57 PM

    How do I know if my alarm is a 2G system?


    Lauren Conger

    2/29/2016 9:22 AM

    To see if your system will be effected please call our Customer Care Department at 1-866-837-8110. Thanks for checking.

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