TV AND MOBILE RECEPTION ISSUES FROM 3G CLOSING DOWN

The mobile world is changing, as not only is 5G coverage rapidly improving, but networks are looking to retire older 3G services.

Below we’ll detail why this is happening, why it should ultimately be a good thing, how it might affect you, and what the timeline is for the shutting down of 3G networks.

 

When will 3G networks shut down?

In Australia, Telstra has said that it will shut down its 3G network in June 2024, and while no other operators have yet confirmed dates, we’d expect they all will over the coming years.

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TV Reception Issues From 3G Closing Down 01



Why are networks doing this?

Mobile networks only have access to a limited supply of spectrum, which is what they use to transmit mobile signals. The more spectrum available for a given connectivity type (such as 3G, 4G or 5G) the better the service that can be offered in terms of coverage, reliability, and speed.

 

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TV Reception Issues From 3G Closing Down 02



So by turning off 3G, networks can repurpose the spectrum that was used for this to bolster their 5G and 4G services.

What will this mean for 3G coverage and devices?

While it largely makes sense for carriers to end 3G services, this could be a problem for anyone who still relies on a 3G signal.