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Today, the 3G shutdown in Australia begins with Vodafone as 4G and 5G services are becoming increasingly widespread.
3G shutdown in Australia

Today, the 3G shutdown in Australia begins with Vodafone as 4G and 5G services are becoming increasingly widespread.

It is the first telco in Australia to close its 3G network, with other providers following in 2024.

The 3G shutdown

The 3G (or third generation) network became the more efficient option after 2G for sending and receiving data. Since then, 4G and 5G have been introduced as faster networks, and now the 3G shutdown in Australia begins.

Telstra has announced its 3G network closure for June 2024. It plans to reallocate 3G services to support 5G.

Optus will close its 3G network in September 2024. Similarly, Optus will repurpose 3G technology to support and improve its 4G and 5G services.

The digital gap

Despite improvements to 5G networks, remote areas of Australia still have little to no connectivity to phone services.

Earlier this year, RMIT released the “Mapping the Digital Gap” report.

It revealed that 43% of 1,545 remote First Nations communities in Australia have no mobile service.

While some communities rely on shared public phones, others have no telecommunications at all.

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