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When the 2G network gets switched off, thousands of garage gate openers will stop working

Telenor and Telia have announced that they will switch off the 2G network in 2025. Many garage door openers only have support for 2G and 3G, and these will then stop working. This does not apply to garages with Parqio.

GSM garage gate opener is a type of gate opener that uses the mobile phone network to open the garage gate. They work by sending a message or calling from your mobile phone to open the gate.

GSM openers have been popular for many years due to their reliability and ease of use. The advantage is that you can open the gate from anywhere, as long as you have access to the mobile network. There is also no need for a separate, often expensive remote control.

The challenge is that many garage gate openers only have support for 2G and 3G. The 3G network was switched off in 2020, and the mobile operators have announced that they will phase out the 2G network during 2025. When the 2G network is closed, these devices will no longer work.

Why is the 2G network being switched off?

It is the mobile operators who make the decision about phasing out mobile technology based on business and  technical network assessments, such as costs of maintaining the 2G network, and network development based on new technology.

The 2G network is based on older technology that is no longer necessary for today's requirements for mobile communication. The mobile operators want to free up frequency ranges and resources in order to be able to offer faster and more reliable communication on newer technologies such as 4G and 5G. When the mobile operators close the 2G network, they will be able to reduce costs by maintaining an older network that is no longer as efficient or popular.

It is also worth noting that many devices using the 2G network, including older GSM garage gate openers, are becoming increasingly outdated and replaced by newer technology. This means that the need to maintain a 2G network gradually decreases over time.

What should owners of older GSM garage gate openers do?

To meet the challenges that come with the shutdown of the 2G and 3G networks, it will be important for companies and housing associations to investigate whether the garage door opener has support for the 4G or 5G networks, or has wireless communication channels such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The devices are often supplied by the gate provider and they should be able to answer this. In some cases, it is also possible to find information about this in the user manual.

If the devices only have support for 2G/3G, they will no longer work when the 2G network is switched off. Although upgrading or replacing the devices may be expensive, this will be necessary to ensure that the access control systems are working properly and that residents and businesses continue to have access to the garage.

The benefits of upgrading to Parqio

Parqio is a quick, easy and cost-effective upgrade of the communal garage, that supports 4G/5G and is compatible with all existing electrical garage gates.

One of the greates advantages of Parqio is the ease of use. The garage gate is opened with license plate recognition, calling or an app on the phone. The garage manager can also activate a function that allows residents to share access with friends and family, so they can open the gate when the owner is not present.

Another advantage for the garage manager is less administration and better control. A separate, user-friendly administration solution makes it easy to add users and get an overview of who has access to the garage at all times. The solution works just as well on mobile as on tablets and PCs.

*This article has been translated from its original language.

Parqio is a quick, simple and cost-effective upgrade of the communal garage that is not affected by the 2G network being switched off..

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