Millions of smart meters could stop working after the 3G and 2G switch-off

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Over 30 million homes with smart meters may need to upgrade or replace their existing meter due to 2G and 3G network closures (Image credit: Getty Images)

Millions of homeowners' smart meters could stop working when 3G and 2G mobile networks are switched off. 

Over 30 million smart meters will need to be replaced or upgraded by 2033 due to the UK choosing to phase out older mobile networks to make way for 4G and 5G signals instead. The smart meters will need to be replaced because they are not designed to adapt to different mobile connections and they still work off 3G and 2G networks.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.