When Will 3G be Turned Off in Australia?It was bound to happen eventually – this isn’t the first time an entire network was shut down in favour of new, more advanced technology. Back in 2018, the 2G network was shut down in favour of 3G. As Telstra regional general manager Michael Marom said: “It’s time to say goodbye to 3G and welcome in a better 4G network.” Our long-standing 3G networks will shut down over the next year, beginning in December of 2023. The first major telco to shut their 3G service network will be Vodafone, on December 15, 2023. They will be followed by Telstra and Optus in 2024. Below is the current timeline for the 3G network service closure in Australia, as announced by the three major Australian telcos:
Vodafone: 15th December 2023
- In 2019, Vodafone shut down 3G connectivity across its 2100MHz spectrum.
- Their 900MHz spectrum is still operating
- All 3G connections will be shut down on December 15 2023
- All Telstra 3G connectivity across the 2100 MHz spectrum closed on March 25, 2019.
- Telstra devices on the 850MHz spectrum are still functional.
- Telstra will close all 3G services on June 30, 2024.
- Optus has closed its 2100MHz 3G services.
- They still offer 3G connectivity on the 900MHz spectrum.
- Optus will close the rest of its 3G network in September 2024.
Who Will Be Affected by the 3G Network Shutdown?While many of us are no longer reliant on the 3G network, some 3 million Australian devices are. These older devices, such as mobile phones, GPS Tracking devices, EFTPOS machines, tablets, dashcams, telemetry devices, vending machines, and security cameras, will stop working after the shutdown. Major companies like Telstra have stated that if your device is not upgraded and the network settings are not changed, you won’t be able to use these services. Here’s why this is somewhat of a big deal:
- Devices not compatible with a 4G and 4G-IoT network when the closure hits will result in tracking devices no longer tracking your assets.
- This will add safety and financial risks to your business and employees
Why is the 3G network Shutting Down?‘Out with the old, in with the new’ may be a cliche, but that’s essentially what all this boils down to. While 3G was the only notable pillar of mobile coverage in Australia for many years, newer devices have relied on the superior 4G, 4G-IoT and 5G networks for quite some time now. The 4G-IoT and 4G-IoT NB networks are designed for telemetry devices, vending machines, security systems, tracking systems, electricity meters and water meters as a cost-effective network for low bandwidth data devices. The 5G network will also support the IoT devices so companies who require monitoring systems will have a longer lifespan. With two newer and faster networks to maintain, phone providers aren’t going to devote their resources to a service that will quickly become irrelevant.
Is the 3G Shutdown Only in Australia?No. This process is ongoing (or has already reached completion) in other countries, so we’re not alone. Countries that have shut the door on the 3G network include:
- The Czech Republic
- The United States
- The UK
Benefits of upgrading to the latest 4G devices:
- See your fleet in real time, 24 hours a day – With Netstar’s 4G GPS Trackers, you can track your assets, and receive alerts in real-time from anywhere across Australia. Obtain insights into what’s happening out on the field with the Netstar software dashboards and reports.
- Track your assets anytime, anywhere – GPS vehicle tracking is an excellent solution for any business with a fleet of vehicles or valuable assets. With the ability to see where your staff, assets and vehicles are, you can save money, optimise their use and improve driver behaviour.
- Monitor driver behaviour – stay connected to your team – With Netstar GPS Trackers you can monitor driver behaviour such as harsh braking, sharp cornering, or rapid acceleration. You’ll also know when they’ve arrived at their destination—no more waiting for a call to find out if everything is running the way it should be.
- Reduced fuel costs – with location data helping you design and implement more efficient routes.
- Optimised asset use – you’ll be able to monitor idle times and under-used assets within the fleet.