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.