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What you need to know about the 3G network shutdown

The closure of 3G networks will affect equipment and services for the road transport industry.

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone will close their 3G networks to make room for faster services between December 2023 and September 2024.

This will impact the functionality of telematics and vehicle/asset tracking devices installed in trucks, trailers and other vehicles that rely on 3G.

Traffic management signs, weather systems and stations, alarms/building entry, devices that use a gateway or mesh backhaul, personal emergency response systems and phones and tablets will also be affected.

An early transition and planning will be crucial as the 3G network shutdown will affect a large number of devices.

Austroads and Transport Certification Australia have partnered with key industry players and organisations to provide information on the impacts of the Australian 3G shutdown and what local government and transport industry need to do to prepare for the transition.

There have been estimates of up to three million Internet of Things (IoT) devices running on the 3G spectrum in Australia.

In 1987 the country saw the rollout of 1G which allowed for mobile phone voice calling.

By 1993 2G emerged and it combined voice, SMS and MMS on a digital network.

The foundation of mobile broadband arrived in 2005 (3G) and it supported voice, data, internet access and video calls.

Higher data speeds followed in 2011 with 4G. It enabled full internet access, video streaming, higher resolution video calls and IP telephony along with better IoT capabilities.

The promise higher data speeds, more capacity, lower latency and greater connectivity over 4G is what 5G harnesses. It began its rollout in 2019 and is expected to support Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud apps, automation, massive sensor networks and IoT.

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