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All 2G Towers Will Be Down by December 31, 2016


In August 2012, AT&T announced that the shutdown of its second-generation (2G) wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016 and that on January 1, 2017, the 2G wireless network will cease to exist.

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

So how does this affect your alarm system? All wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular 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 network ceases to exist on January 1, 2017, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals.

Protection Concepts continues to take a proactive approach to ensure all our affected customers are updated, but time is running out. Most customers have converted to 4G and will not experience any alarm communication issues. If you have not yet updated your system, please contact us immediately to discuss the next step in making sure your alarm system will be protected.

Protection Concepts is 100% committed to keeping you safe by keeping you informed. Contact Protection Concepts online or by calling 770 612-9073. Your protection is too important to wait.

2G Home Security Networks on Their Way Out!

[img_alt]AT&T has announced that starting in 2017 they will no longer support 2 G home security systems.  2G home security networks are on their way out!  Many earlier versions of home and commercial security systems are built on 2 G radio frequencies.  

While 2017 is a long ways off, the security industry has already notified us to expect some degrading of home and commercial systems using the 2 G frequencies.  You want your home security system to provide the best security for your and your family.

If you have doubts about your current security system, give us a call and we will evaluate your system and show you options for upgrading your 2 G Home Security  system to systems supported by AT&T.

TMost likely both residential and business alarm customers won’t know that 2G technology is being phased out until it’s too late. As the towers the unit can see get switched, their signals might begin to have problems, but once the last tower goes they will be completely without signal.

Part of the reason is that much of the attention around the 2G sunset is – and has been – focused on the cell phone industry. That means you probably aren’t aware that you also have to upgrade your home alarm system and your business alarm system that run on the 2G network so they’ll continue to operate without any technical issues.

To ensure you won’t have any communication problems, your best bet is to switch to 3G/4G alarm communicators while the 2G technology is being phased out. Also try to establish two types of communications for your security system as an extra layer of protection in case one goes down.

Of course, you should check with your alarm company to ensure it can provide code-compliant solutions so you won’t have to upgrade your alarm system again in a few years. Then, continue to talk with your provider about how you can keep your alarm system consistently up to date.







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