Telstra to Close GSM Network by End of 2016
Telstra has confirmed that it plans to close down its GSM mobile network. It said that the older network would close by the end of 2016.
The company’s managing director of networks, Mike Wright, said that:
“Since it launched its 3G service in 2006, the company has seen a steady migration away from the older 2G technology”.
Today 2G traffic accounts for less than 1 per cent of Telstra’s total network traffic, and they haven’t sold a 2G phone for several years.
He confirmed that existing GSM customers will be contacted shortly to advise them how to migrate to the 3G or LTE networks. He noted that a percentage of the GSM customer base could already own a 3G phone, but as they are using an older SIM card, they show up as GSM customers.