Skip to main content

Optus and Vodafone stop 2G in Australia

Tinuku ~ Mobile operators headquartered in Singapore and London, Singtel Optus Pty Limited and Vodafone Group plc, are discontinuing 2G networks in Australia and they will focus on 3G, 4G and 5G technologies. This step is taken by mobile telecommunication companies to conduct frequency spectrum resource efficiency and stop the first 2G service in Australia is Optus and will be followed by Vodafone.

Tinuku Optus and Vodafone stop 2G in Australia

On 1 August 2017, Optus officially closed the GSM 2G network in a number of cities including Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. They say after this will maximize the network 3G, 4G and 5G. Other companies like Telstra have done the same thing about two years ago.

Network Managing Director of Optus, Dennis Wong, said the closure allows the company to reallocate multiple frequency spectrums with a primary target of improving the customer experience on mobile devices.

"There is no doubt the 2G network that first appeared in 1993 played an important role in our network, especially when we first built across Australia," Wong said.

"Nearly 25 years have passed and our 2G mobile subscriber usage rate has dropped significantly due to the huge push of smartphone usage and 4G technology advances for mobile data and better speed," Wong said.

The use of 2G networks by Optus users covers only a portion of the total traffic and continues to decrease significant traffic year after year. The company first announced plans to stop 2G in August 2015. Next, Optus will develop new technologies such as 5G.

Vodafone Australia will close 2G on September 30, 2017. The 2G network in mobile operators is only 1 percent of total data traffic and 2 percent of voice traffic. While the 4G network is recorded to meet 80 percent of total data traffic.

Vodafone says the spectrum for 2G will be converted to expand the LTE 4G network and launch new services. What is done by Optus and Vodafone has been done by Telstra about two years ago. Singapore's Singtel telecommunications company, which is Optus's parent company, took steps to close 2G in April 2017.

The Singapore telecommunications authority issued 2G removal directives that are still used by 123,000 customers in the country and had to move using 3G and 4G LTE services. SingTel competitors in Singapore, M1 and Starhub, also began closing their 2G network under government support.

Comments

Popular posts

European Union and ASEAN to restart Free Trade Agreement

Tinuku - European Union (EU) and ASEAN have agreed to restart the process of forming Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as ASEAN coordinator for EU-ASEAN relations said on Saturday to build a framework to identify potential sectors to finalize the deal.

Lee also said the EU and ASEAN had agreed to restart the process of establishing a free trade agreement between the two blocs. The EU and ASEAN launched talks towards a pact in 2007 but ignored the process two years later as the EU voted to negotiate bilaterally with each country.


"As coordinators, we look forward to forming a framework to identify where areas where we have the potential to make a deal," Lee said.

"Working on a deal may take longer than the end of the year. But if we can identify where the big opportunities are, our trade-offs, then I hope we will have better success," Lee said.

"One of the things we expect is that European nations are able to manage their soci…

Rolls-Royce plans for flying taxi service

Tinuku - Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has designed a propulsion system for flying taxi and is starting search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. British jet engine maker said on Sunday it had drawn up plans for an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle which could carry to five people at speeds of up 250 mph for approximately 500 miles.

The company joins a variety of companies racing to develop flying taxis, which could revolutionize the way people travel. Aviation and technology leaders are working to make electric-powered flying taxis a reality, including Airbus, U.S. ride- sharing firm Uber and a range of start-ups including one backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, called Kitty Hawk.


Rolls-Royce’s design will be showcased in digital form at the Farnborough Airshow, which starts on Monday. The company is looking for an airframer and a partner to provide aspects of the electrical system to help commerci…

Britain announced its first launch site for the space market

Tinuku - UK on Monday ran an important leap for the construction of the first vertical launch space launch site. The proposed space port at Sutherland in the north of Scotland has been awarded US$3.3 million in funding by the government-owned UK Space Agency to develop a ground-breaking launch site.

Government Business Secretary Greg Clark Monday launched the start of a Great British Space Age that will see vertically-launched space rockets and satellites take off from the new spaceport. UK Space Agency said it selected the Sutherland site because Scotland is the best place in Britain to reach highly sought-after satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets.


The initial funding will go to Scotland's Highlands and Islands Enterprise agency to develop the Sutherland site which will use a combination of proven and innovative rocket technologies to pave the way for a world-leading spaceflight market.

The UK Space Agency is also making available a new 2.65 million U.S. dollar fund…

Psychoengine studio build Honda GL 200 single-cylinder engine turns into Five Dragons 5-cylinder

Tinuku ~ Studio Psycoengine based in Purwokerto, Indonesia, building works Honda Tiger with a 5-cylinder rotary. Custom motorcycle entitled "Five Dragons" by M Yusuf Adib Mustofa emerged as the Best of the Best Kustomfest 2016 Legend Reborn.