Modernization of the Mobile Network

As part of our continuous efforts to enhance our  mobile network, the 2G network will be phased out to provide you with the best mobile experience on 3G, 4G and 5G mobile networks.

The 2G network will be phased out by 31st December 2020. All 2G device users are urged to upgrade their devices and replace their SIM Cards ( if applicable) to support 3G / 4G network.

Benefits of the Modernization of the Mobile Network

Faster Speed


the latest mobile generation is 20,000 times faster than 2G.. That is why we are upgrading our mobile network: 2G is making room for 5G and future generations of the mobile network.



Nowadays, only 0.1% of all data is being transmitted via 2G while 95% is via 4G. However, the old 2G technology takes up a large amount of network capacity, which we now need for the latest 5G mobile technology. This is the only way we will be able to meet the rapidly growing demands of our customers.



You can really hear the difference between 2G and the new HD voice calls offered by the latest mobile generations. The difference is unbelievable, with high quality voice calls.

What you need to know about the 2G Shutdown

Batelco will be contacting all customers who are still using 2G Only enabled mobile devices via SMS. Batelco will ensure the switchover to a new 3G/4G enabled device is swift and straightforward.

What is happening and when?

By the end of December 2020 it will no longer be possible to use 2G devices on the Batelco Network.

What should I do?

Check whether your device is affected and replace it prior to the 2G Network shutdown.

Can Batelco help?

Yes, we will be soon offering a low cost 3G/4G compatible device for the 2G device users.


Common 2G Devices on Batelco’s Network

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is 2G?
A: 2G was our first mobile network when we started in 1995. Users were only able to call and text on this network. Internet was also available but at extremely low speeds.

Q: Why are we phasing out 2G?
A: The world is changing and as more advanced mobile devices are on the market, telecom operators need to prepare themselves for the newer technologies such as 5G. To be able to offer a fast connection to all of these devices on our network, the 2G network will be switched off to release the radio frequencies for higher technologies such as 3G,4G & 5G.

Q: How do I know if I have a 2G device?
A: Only 2G device users will be receiving the notifications from Batelco.

Q: Why do I need a different device?
A: To stay connected on Batelco’s Network, you are required to purchase a new device that supports 3G & 4G. Otherwise your phone will no longer be connected once the 2G Network is switched off end of December 2020.

Q: Will Batelco offer a 3G/4G device?
A: Yes, Batelco is offering an attractive 3G/4G device with a special discount only for the 2G Device users.

Q: Can I get a 3G/4G compatible device from a supplier other than Batelco?
A: Yes, that is possible

Do you have another question about 2G switch off?

Please contact 196 or visit us at the Batelco Shop.