Telstra switches off GSM network

2 Dec 2016

Australia’s mobile market leader Telstra has officially shuttered its GSM network, which was originally switched on back in 1993. In line with previously announced plans, the mobile network operator (MNO) closed its GSM 900MHz mobile infrastructure on 1 December 2016 across Australia (excluding Christmas Island), confirming that the small number of remaining 2G-only customers – thought to represent less than 1% of its network traffic – would no longer be able to make or receive calls, send/receive SMS, access voicemail or use data services from that date. Telstra issued notices urging such users to upgrade to a 3G/4G device and/or obtain a free 3G/4G SIM card from the MNO.

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