Telstra will switch off its 3G service in June 2024, saying it’s no longer feasible to operate the technology, which it launched in 2006 as “NextG”.
“Between now and then we’ll be upgrading and expanding our 4G coverage to a materially equivalent size and reach to our 3G footprint,” said Nikos Katinakis, Telstra’s Group Executive, Networks and IT.
“Most customers will generally notice an improvement in speed when using a compatible device – in many cases a substantial one.”
Telstra said its new 5G service, which operates in certain parts of 10 cities, will expand to at least 35 cities by the end of 2020.
“To help continue enhancing the network, it will eventually mean our older network technology will need to be switched off, so the spectrum that is used to carry data and voice calls over our oldest mobile network technology can be repurposed to help grow 5G,” Mr Katinakis added.
Telstra turned off its 2G coverage at the end of 2016, and in 2008 repurposed its CDMA technology for 3G services.