Telstra will swap off its 3G community in June 2024 to release house on the spectrum for its new 5G community rollout.
The telco first launched 3G know-how in 2006 – on the time labelled as “NextG” – which was famend for its velocity, elevated protection and dependable service.
For a lot of customers, 3G was the primary time that cell customers have been in a position to ship image messages, stream video and entry the web on their cellphone.
Nikos Katinakis, Group Government of Networks and IT at Telstra, mentioned the inevitable switching off of 3G would enable the telco to spice up the attain and reliability of 5G.
“As we develop our cell community round Australia and improve it with the newest know-how, we sometimes come to some extent the place it’s essential to say goodbye to older know-how, and to make use of the spectrum it was carried on to spice up the efficiency of newer and extra environment friendly know-how,” Katinakis advised workers in an inside weblog submit.
“In December 2016, we switched off our 2G know-how to offer extra spectrum for our 4G know-how.
“Immediately, as a part of our program to repeatedly improve our community to the newest know-how and broaden our 4G and 5G protection, we’re asserting the eventual switch-off of our 3G know-how.
“This is not going to occur till June 2024 – greater than 4 years away.”
Katinakis mentioned customers have been given greater than 4 years’ discover to arrange for the change, and has promised that regional Australia is not going to be disregarded because the telco modifications over to the brand new know-how.
“In 2011 we have been the primary provider to increase 4G providers into regional areas and we now attain 99.2 per cent of the Australian inhabitants,” mentioned Katinakis.
“We aren’t going to relaxation on our laurels as we push ahead into the period of 5G, and we’re all the time going to attempt to do one of the best we are able to for all our prospects wherever they’re throughout the nation.”
At present the 5G community is on the market at chosen websites inside 10 cities round Australia, with an additional 25 cities to be enabled over the subsequent 12 months.
The brand new 5G know-how will assist prospects have interaction in additional fluid cell gaming, higher digital actuality experiences, high-definition video conferences and even help the community of driverless vehicles.