Telstra 3G Network Shutdown Announcement

by Oct 9, 2019TECHNOLOGY

On October 9th 2019 Telstra officially announced that they would be shutting down the 3G/NextG 850MHz network across Australia in June 2024 (Exact date TBC)

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What does this mean for Linxio customers?

  • Any M2M/IoT devices utilizing 3G (NextG) 850MHz modules or modems will cease functioning in June 2024.

  • To continue using the Telstra network in Australia all devices must utilize a modem or module that is at minimum compatible with LTE Band 28 (700MHz) which Telstra refers to as 4GX.

  • For optimal performance Linxio strongly recommends customers to deploy 4G CAT-M1 GPS trackers to provide maximum coverage.

  • As of October 2019 the Telstra LTE Band 28 (700MHz) network covers 99.2% population coverage and there are plans in place to increase coverage to have network parity with the current 3G network before June 2024.

  • While Telstra are maintaining the NextG network until June 2024, you may notice a reduction in coverage in some areas where tuning and re-farming is taking place.

How can Linxio help?

  • All customers with 3G GPS trackers can either upgrade to a 4G device, or change their sim cards to either Optus or Vodafone who will have the 3G network still running .

  • If you are not a Lixnio customer and are interested in upgrading your GPS tracking devices to a 4G version, please contact us for a pricelist at sales@linxio.com

If you have any questions regarding your service from Linxio, Telstra’s 3G shut-down, available 4G/LTE hardware or anything else please don’t hesitate to contact your Business Development Manager, or sales@linxio.com

Please visit the below links for the Telstra announcements:

https://www.telstra.com.au/business-enterprise/news-research/networks/announcements/3g-service-closure
 
https://exchange.telstra.com.au/1-2-3-4-and-5-the-continuing-evolution-of-our-mobile-network/
 
We appreciate your continued business with Linxio and we will endeavour to assist you in any way possible with the upcoming 3G Shutdown.

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