Singapore's three telecom operators will stop supporting 2G services from 1 April 2017 to make way for more advanced 3G and 4G services, the companies have announced in a joint press release.
As Channel News Asia reports, the telcos said the move reflects a shift towards to the third and fourth generation of mobile phone technologies, with only an "extremely small percentage" of customers said to be still using 2G-only mobile devices.
The decision to pull the plug on 2G services will give the operators more scope to cater for consumers' increased demand for mobile data and faster speeds, the joint statement explained.
To ensure all affected users are aware of the 2G network closure, the telcos will reach out via whatever channels are deemed relevant, including SMS, calls and posters at their retail outlets.
The announcement comes with the blessing of regulator Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), which said that trends such as the evolving technology landscape and the migration of consumers to 3G and 4G technologies both played a part in its decision.
Confirming the planned closure, it said: "The retirement of the 2G networks will allow more efficient use of the scarce radio frequency spectrum to provide the more advanced 3G and 4G services, which will better meet users' demand for rich multi-media content."
The regulator explained how the three mobile network operators have stuck to their initial promises, achieving 99% nationwide coverage for 3G services, with 4G services not too far behind.
Singapore is the latest in a number of countries to outline plans to close their 2G networks, with Japan, Australia and the US already having made the decision, IDA noted.