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March 30, 2022

3G Sunset: How Will it Affect our Industry?

 

What is the 3G Sunset?

Cellular providers in the United States are phasing out 3G networks to free up the airwaves for 4G and 5G networks. This means that all connected tools or equipment currently equipped with components that connect to the 3G network may lose connectivity. This includes phones, home alarms, connected vehicles and more. In Canada, the 3G sunset will happen later (date not yet confirmed). However, if you travel from Canada to the U.S., your equipment can be affected if it is not set up to connect to 4G or 5G networks.

3G sunset


How Does This Affect our Equipment?

Ver-Mac units are equipped with modems and firmware that enable them to connect to cellular networks. This allows units to be managed remotely through JamLogic Fleet Management, to enable Smart Work Zone notifications and to have Connected Work Zones that collect and share data. Losing connectivity would put all these functionalities in jeopardy.


Keeping Ver-Mac Units Connected

Some older equipment might have had modems and firmware that are only compatible with 3G and would have needed updating. With the phase-out on the horizon, Ver-Mac proactively reached out to customers with affected units to provide an updated modem that will connect to 4G and/or to provide instructions on how to update the firmware to connect with 4G. If your unit was affected, we have already reached out to ensure your unit stays up and running and is ready for the high season.

If you have any questions regarding your unit, please reach out to:
support@ver-mac.com


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