Modernization of the Mobile Network

As part of our continuous efforts to enhance Batelco’s 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 2019. All 2G device users are urged to upgrade their devices and replace their SIM Cards ( if applicable) to support 3G/4G network.

A series of communication SMSs will be sent to all 2G device users to notify them about the upcoming changes on Batelco’s 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 2019 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, Batelco will be soon offering a low cost 3G/4G compatible device only for the 2G device users.

Common 2G Devices on Batelco’s Network

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Only 2G device users will be receiving the notifications from Batelco.

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 2019.

Yes, Batelco will be soon offering a low cost 3G/4G compatible device only for the 2G device users. End of September 2019.

Yes, that is possible.

Do you have any Questions?

Please contact 196 or visit us at the Batelco Shop.