Will 3G shutdown affect old technology?

NEW YORK (AP) — As telecom companies rev up the newest generation of mobile service, called 5G, they’re shutting down old networks — a costly, years-in-the-works process that’s now prompting calls for a delay because a lot of products out there still rely on the old standard, 3G.

AT&T in mid-February is the first to shut down its 3G network, with the other major U.S. carriers doing so later this year.

AT&T says a delay in retiring the network will hurt its service quality.

The Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. regulator, says it is working on safeguards.

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