Telstra Flags 3G Switch Off Planned For 2024

Australia's incumbent telco Telstra has announced it is planning to switch off its 3G network in June 2024 and refarm the spectrum for its 5G network.

The telco said until that time, it would look to boost its 4G coverage to a "materially equivalent size and reach" compared to the 3G network. To achieve this, Telstra will look at areas serviced only by 3G and assess its product portfolio, the company said.

Telstra switched on its 3G network in 2006. The 3G network initially operated in the 850Hz band before it was upgraded in 2010.