Optus will stagger 2G shutdown

28 Mar 2017

While Australian mobile network operator (MNO) Optus had originally announced last year that it would shutter its GSM network in April 2017, it has now revealed that it will stagger the closure ‘to ensure a smooth transition for affected customers’. In a press release, Optus said that its 2G network will first be switched off in the Northern Territory and Western Australia from 3 April 2017, while the secondary phase will see customers in Southern Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania lose access from 1 August 2017. According to Optus, this revised schedule will allow it to ‘review options to re-allocate some of this spectrum to improve customer experience and mobile services’.

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