Optus is arranging to reallocate 2100 MHz spectrum presently applied for 3G products and services to its 4G and 5G networks in April future year.
It indicates the telco will no extended give a dual-band 3G network soon after April 2022, with 3G products and services to be supplied by means of its 900 MHz spectrum only.
Optus reported some of the 2100 MHz assets would be reallocated as element of a network technological innovation refresh to present far better 4G network coverage and support the expansion of 5G.
It has urged clients with a 2100 MHz-only 3G gadget to up grade to a 4G or 5G able gadget to keep on to entry its network.
Optus Wholesale provider service provider clients employing the 2100 MHz network will also be impacted, the telco reported.
Telstra switched off its 2100 MHz spectrum in March 2019, while Vodafone has phased 3G connectivity on its 2100 MHz spectrum.
Optus networks managing director Lambo Kanagaratnam reported the prepared refresh arrives as clients more and more undertake 5G products.
“In the past 12 months we have really found our clients embrace 5G technological innovation with choose up of 5G enabled products growing significantly,” he reported in a assertion.
Kanagaratnam reported that with details use continuing to increase, the reallocation would make sure “spectrum assets are performing nicely for customers”.
“We know that our clients are employing extra details than at any time. They’re downloading, sharing and streaming information, employing apps and connecting with mates and colleagues practically,” he reported.
“In buy to support this thirst for connectivity it is vital that we evolve our network and redeploying our 2100MHz spectrum assets to far better accommodate future technology technologies is an vital stage in reaching this.”
Optus is arranging to speak to clients impacted by the prepared shutdown of its 3G network on the 2100 MHz spectrum about the coming months.
“Importantly we are providing 12 months’ notice to make sure impacted clients are informed of our plans and have ample time to up grade to newer products that can support 4G or 5G,” Kanagaratnam included.