Is Your Cell Service and Wi-Fi Signal Getting Worse?


Does it feel like your digital connections, like cell service, are getting worse? It's not your imagination.

In late 2021, plans to phase out 3G services across all carriers were initiated. According to the FCC mobile providers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile will have completely phased out their 3G networks by the end of December 2022.

With the shut down of 3G networks, which rely on older technology, more room is made for advanced network services and infrastructure, like 5G. The result is older devices will be unable to use data services. Additionally, older 4G phones that do not support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) will be affected.

More than just phones are impacted.

Depending on your network services, other devices such as security systems, medical devices, tablets and other connected products may be using 3G. Disruptions in services due to outdated equipment can be costly to businesses. Additionally, numerous issues can arise from the lost of service to systems that protect people and businesses.

Optimizing Wi-Fi speeds.

Maximizing Wi-Fi speed and usage relies on optimization of the network. This essentially boils down to two goals, allocating bandwidth for devices and avoiding signal obstacles. Depending on the usage within your organization, tackling these two objectives will vary in difficulty. However, there are some tried and true steps that remain a good starting point.


• Secure your signal. This ensures outside users are not draining your bandwidth and potentially exposing your company to digital threats.

• Setup a guest Wi-Fi. This allows businesses to set limits on data usage and limit dangerous digital activities.

• Correctly place access points. Position them away from obstructions centrally located within user groups.

What you can do to stay connected.

In addition to being aware of network service providers and Wi-Fi troubleshooting, businesses can also utilize cell signal boosters. Our team of infrastructure and cabling experts survey the site prior to system installation to gather data on the best geo-location for signal boosting hardware. Additionally, working with a team, like ours, that can capture and export all scan results is critical to ensuring hardware placement from signal towers alongside a cohesive site installation plan.


As a WilsonPro certified installer, Bridgehead IT offers commercial-grade cellular signal amplifiers. Our trained system experts can design and lay out a professional installation plan that ensures your business gets the best coverage while complying with local and federal regulations.


Optimal cellular and Wi-Fi signals are imperative to a company's performance in a fast-paced digital world. When your team has uninterrupted connections to fulfill their work day, they're more productive and less frustrated.

Improved Connectivity and Equipment.

If you feel like your signals are struggling to meet the demands of your business, or personal use. It could be because that service is tied to an outdate technology, like 3G. The time is takes to stop and reassess cell signals and Wi-Fi connections is certainly longer than just powering through in the short-term. However, in the long-term your company and your day-to-day life will benefit from faster, improved data connections.


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SCHEDULED SUNSET DATES FOR 3G SERVICE

  • AT&T announced that it will finish shutting down its 3G network by February 2022.


  • Verizon announced that will finish shutting down its 3G network by December 31, 2022.



  • T-Mobile announced that it will finish shutting down Sprint's 3G CDMA network by March 31, 2022 and Sprint's 4G LTE network by June 30, 2022. It also announced it will shut down T-Mobile's 3G UMTS network by July 1, 2022, but has not yet announced a shutdown date for its 2G network.


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