3G Shutdown in Australia – Is your business’s Industrial IoT (M2M) applications at risk?

The 3G cellular networks is being decommissioned in Australia, but there’s still time to understand the implications and make plans for the switch-off.

Just as what happened with the GSM and 2G networks, the evolution of technology means all major Australian mobile Telco networks are shutting down 3G services.

Whether upgrading your legacy network or migrating your IoT environment our team of experts are here to help you transition to faster and advanced networks.

The Facts

Telstra have announced the progressive shutdown of 3G due to be completed by June 2024. This provides less than 700 working days to prepare for the change and implement a new solution.

3G only devices will not work and your non-4G voice calling enabled 4G devices will not be able to make voice calls after this date.

Back in 2005, 3G was the foundation of mobile broadband but the world has adopted newer 4G and 5G services for higher performing and cost-efficient coverage.

Why Act Now?

Avoid the rush

2024 sounds far off, but you’ll need to start planning now to successfully perform an upgrade to 10,000 end points.

Immediate cost savings

Take advantage of transitioning your environment to a lower ongoing cost base now. Don’t wait for the switch-off in 2024.

Avoid hidden surprises

Planning provides the ability to understand the magnitude of migrating your IoT environment. Don’t get smacked with one huge bill!

What types of IoT applications are at risk?

  • Road and Traffic monitoring systems
  • Weather stations
  • Alarm Monitoring
  • Building Management Systems
  • RTU (Remote Telemetry Units)
  • Pumping Stations
  • Tank Level Monitoring
  • Flood Monitoring Systems

  • Meter reading
  • SCADA/telemetry
  • Eftpos
  • Vending
  • Industrial Alarm Paging Systems (SMS Alarming)
  • PLC remote communications / diagnostics
  • Utilities remote infrastructure such as reclosers
  • Cathodic Protection Systems

So, what’s next?

  1. Review – Scope your risks, needs and opportunities.
  2. Audit – Take stock of your devices that are on 3G only or do not support 4G voice calling.
  3. Evaluate – Take careful consideration of your backend, modems, antennas, coverage, power supplier and data plans.
  4. Select – Whether upgrading your legacy network or migrating your IoT environment – you’ll need to select your technology products.
  5. Plan – Map out your migration plan from start to finish and set a timeline that suits your business.
  6. Deploy – Ensure you have enough time to ship, configure and install your solution.

Contact our team on 1800 72 79 79 to discuss and evaluate your networking requirements, to determine the simplest and most cost-effective way to migrate your existing application from 3G.

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