TELSTRA has announced plans to turn off the 3G network in less than five years' time, but the telecommunications giant says it intends to ensure all 3G coverage areas are upgraded to 4G or 5G by then.
Telstra area general manager Michael Marom said Telstra would switch off the network in June 2024 so it could reassign the spectrum to its 4G, 4GX and 5G services.
"3G has served us well but we need to re-purpose that spectrum in order to provide better connectivity moving forward," he said.
"We have four and half years to get it right, it is our intention that all areas serviced by 3G will be serviced by 4G, 4GX or 5G by the time we decommission the 3G network.
"There is absolutely no doubt that we are planning to make sure we do not compromise the customer experience, we will make sure the coverage map is as good, if not better."
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