Telstra have stated they’ll be ceasing use of their 2100MHz 3G network which is currently shared with VHA (Voda + Three) and currently operates in metropolitan areas (view coverage map) on the 1st of January next year. Although this isn’t directly related to Android in Australia, I still think it’s worth reporting on as I know a lot of people out their own Android devices from Vodafone and Optus that they then use on Telstra’s 2100MHz network as the devices don’t usually support 850MHz (Telstra NextG); think of it as a Public Service Announcement on our behalf 😉
With Telstra no longer using the 2100MHz it means all their mobile subscribers will run off their NextG network operating on 850MHz. NextG is the fastest network in Australia with the best coverage, however, with subscribers being moved over to the network, it will surely see a massive influx of traffic and will slow down. What I suspect Telstra will do is migrate their massive data users over to their LTE (4G) network when it launches later this year, which will lower data use and traffic on their 3G network.
First of all, Telstra, where do I sign up for LTE. Secondly, when are the LTE Android devices coming?