Telstra have announced they will be switching off the 3G mobile network [ Next G ] in June-2024. While this is still a while away, there making the announcement now so there customers have plenty of time to change to newer devices if they have a 3G only device.
Between now and then they will be upgrading and expanding there 4G coverage to a materially equivalent size and reach to there 3G footprint.
They launched the 3G network in 2006 and it was cutting edge technology at the time. They now offer there customers extensive 4G coverage which provides vastly better data speeds and improved customer experience.
The telco said in a blog post. We are working to assess our product range and all current areas with 3G only coverage in order to give there customers the best possible experience on 4G and 5G"As customers increasingly move from 3G to take up the benefits of newer technology they will be repurposing the 850MHz spectrum, currently used to provide 3G coverage, to support there 5G rollout.
The last time the telco shut down a network was in 2016 with the closure of its 2G network. There was far less lead time on the implementation of that decision, with it only being announced in 2014. This time around Australians have over four years to prepare.[ Telstra ]