Will your vehicle tracker STOP working? Telstra 2G network to shutdown in 4 weeks!
Australia, 1st November 2016:
The Telstra 2G network will no longer support your older vehicle tracker.
The 2G network was introduced into Australia in the 1990s and was a very popular network which saw millions of Australians purchase mobile phones and other devices such as vehicle trackers.
Why then shutdown a popular network?
Answer: Cost versus return (for the telcos)
It’s just that Telstra does not want to continue to spend money supporting and servicing their old 2G tower and communication equipment.
This is what Telstra have to say…
“Today 2G mobile traffic accounts for less than 1 per cent of our total mobile network traffic. And, the national coverage available to 3G and 4G customers on our network is around four times greater than that available to 2G services.”
Whilst there are other network providers in Australia most vehicle trackers operate on the Telstra network.
This means if you own an older 2G GPS vehicle tracker you may not be able to track and find your vehicle(s) from the 1st of December 2016 with the shutdown of the Telstra 2G network.
Basically the tracker keep trying to transmit location data but nothing will be receiving it. If you send a command to the tracker it won’t be received by the tracker either. The whole network in between won’t exist.
It’s like having one of those tin can telephones – you’ll still have the tins, but the string is gone.
How can you tell if your vehicle tracker is a 2G model?
Either check your invoice from your supplier – it may say 3G tracker which means you are safe. Apart from that you won’t know if you have an older 2G or a current 3G model.
If you purchased a vehicle tracker from fleetminder then call us on 08 9383 7833.
We’ll check your device and the records we have on file.
If you do have a 2G tracker now is the time to upgrade to a 3G model or ask us about our other options.