As some of you may already be aware, Australia has been gradually phasing out its 2G and 3G networks over the past few years. Major carriers such as Telstra, Optus have already shut down their 2G networks from back in 2016.
While we do not have an exact number, it is believed that the number of telematics devices still operating on 2G and 3G networks in Australia is relatively low due to the gradual shutdown of these networks and the transition to 4G and 5G networks. However, Telstra’s announcement regarding the shutdown of their 3G network by June 2024 means that time is now limited.
If your fleet currently relies on 3G telematics, it is crucial that you start preparing for the transition.
Plan for the Transition
Proper planning is essential. Start by assessing your current telematics system and identifying the devices that rely on the 3G network. Speak to your telematics provider to understand the upgrade options available and any hardware or software changes required. It’s also a good opportunity to review your fleet management needs and consider any additional features or improvements that may be beneficial.
Anticipate High Demand and Longer Waiting Times
The termination of the 3G network will affect numerous businesses, which means there will likely be high demand for upgrades and new installations. This could result in longer waiting times for equipment, service appointments, and support. To avoid potential downtime and disruptions to your operations, start the transition process early. Contact your telematics provider and schedule any necessary upgrades or installations well in advance of the network shutdown.
Explore New Suppliers and Telematics Solutions
The 3G shutdown presents an opportunity for organisations to assess the market and consider new suppliers. Different telematics providers offer varying features, pricing models, and levels of support. Look for providers that:
- Have experience transitioning fleets from 3G networks
- Offer a future-proof solution with 4G or 5G compatibility
- Provide comprehensive training and support for your team
- Can integrate with your existing fleet management systems or software
Take the time to research and compare providers to find the best solution for your unique fleet requirements and assess the long-term benefits of the transition.
While upgrading your telematics may seem daunting, there are numerous long-term benefits associated with the transition. The 4G and 5G networks are faster, improved coverage, and reduced latency. This can translate to better real-time tracking, more accurate data analysis, and enhanced fleet performance. Additionally, these networks are better equipped to handle future advancements in vehicle technology, such as autonomous driving and electric vehicles.
The termination of the 3G network is an important milestone for Australian fleets. By planning for the transition, anticipating high demand, and exploring new opportunities, you can ensure that your fleet remains efficient and competitive in the evolving telecommunications landscape. Embrace this change as an opportunity to reassess your telematics needs and invest in a solution that sets your fleet up for long-term success.
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