Are you prepared for Australia’s 3G Shutdown?

The 3G shutdown is already here. 3G Towers are being decomissioned sporadically and your connectivity and communication in the form of data or SMS to business critical assets may be at risk. Is your business ready? 

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WHAT TYPE OF IOT APPLICATIONS ARE AT RISK?

Millions of devices in Australia, like transport and agriculture equipment, alarms, and sensors, still use 3G networks. Australian businesses that still haven’t replaced all of their 3G hardware need to choose the right replacement hardware quickly to keep their systems online and up-to-date.

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WHY ACT NOW?

Avoid hidden surprises

Don't get blindsided by unexpected expenses! Take proactive steps now to assess the extent of 3G assets needing upgrades. 

Save costs

Why endure escalating expenses when you can migrate to 4G solutions now? Delaying the transition only prolongs the burden of higher ongoing costs 

Limited resources

Limited resources are present both on the network operator's side and availability of technicians to do the upgrade. Additionally, there is a lead time for replacement products.

What the 3g shutdown means for businesses

The 3G shutdown is a significant shift for businesses with 3G-reliant technology.  Here’s a closer look at 5 ways the shutdown could affect your business’s technology ecosystem:

Device Compatibility Challenges:

Businesses reliant on 3G-compatible devices face compatibility issues post-shutdown. Upgrading to 4G/LTE-compatible devices ensures continued operations. 

 Service Disruptions and Financial Loss:

Shutdowns lead to service disruptions, affecting critical operations like point-of-sale systems and remote monitoring. Downtime equals productivity loss and financial setbacks. 

Security Vulnerabilities:

Aging 3G networks pose security risks like data breaches. Upgrading to 4G/LTE enhances security, safeguarding business information. 

Technological Advancements:

Embrace 4G/LTE's faster speeds, reliability, and IoT capabilities post-3G shutdown for improved operations. 

DO YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION?

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THE NEXT STEP AND HOW SAPPLY CAN HELP

STEP 1

Talk to our IoT experts 

Sapply has in-house experts ready to speak to you about your unique technology ecosystem and help create a plan designed for your business. Connect with one of our IoT experts today to start the process of elevating your network requirementS.

STEP 2

Audit Your Devices 

Perform a comprehensive audit of all devices within your current environment, pinpoint the specific needs of the business, and set up a well-defined timeline for execution.

STEP 3

Project execution

Once your current position is established, shift your perspective to the future. Develop a detailed design that takes into account the possibilities for upgrading or migrating your IoT environment.

STEP 4

Performance Review & Closure

With the completion of the migration, verify that all services are successfully migrated. 

Sapply offers a range of solutions to help you manage the switch over to 4G and prepare your business for the big day. 

Our Solutions For Every Industry

ROAD TRANSPORT

Once the signal is switched off, all 3G-based services and devices will cease to operate. This includes telematics and tracking devices installed in heavy and light vehicles, GPS systems on ambulances, public transport ticketing systems, traffic signal systems, as well as general assets like trailers, generators, and more.

MINING

The 3G shutdown in the mining industry can impact communication and data exchange crucial for operations. Mining equipment and monitoring systems relying on 3G may experience disruptions in telematics services, causing increased maintenance costs and operational downtime.

UTILITY

The 3G shutdown in the utilities industry may disrupt communication networks for monitoring and control systems, this includes flood monitoring systems in regional Australia, smart meters for electricity distribution and SCADA devices to monitor sewer networks used by utilities.

IT SERVICES & OPERATIONS CONSULTING

Firms in this sector may experience operational challenges if they rely on 3G for remote work, highlighting the importance of adopting newer technologies to maintain efficiency and communication capabilities.

Resources To Help You Navigate Australia's 3G Shutdown

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3G Migration
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Vodafone: December 2023
Telstra: June 2024
Optus: September 2024

Migration costs to consider include the cost of hardware, cost of truck roll, manpower hours, and updated carrier plans. 

Yes — devices based on 2G and 3G devices will stop working when these networks shut down, and some will lose functionality prior to those network sunset dates, due to a number of factors, including carrier resource allocation.

And if you have a device with 4G LTE that supports 2G/3G fallback, make sure that it has the latest device and modem firmware running. Because at the time these devices and modems were built, it was assumed that 2G and 3G networks were always there, in addition to 4G LTE. Some older firmware cannot handle the absence of 2G or 3G networks properly, which may result these devices to be stranded and not being able to connect to the 4G LTE network.

To continue their migration to new networks, mobile network operators simply cannot support all older network technologies. Putting resources into 4G and 5G networks is a business necessity.

Once the number of devices and migration cost have been identified, you can start to successfully map out the transition timeline based on the carrier’s 4G network introduction plan.
Understanding specific needs of existing legacy devices and the needs of highly capable devices today, can maximize your investment, lower design costs and increase higher volume deployments. A few specification options to consider include battery life, power consumption, data usage, bandwidth, mobility, geographic coverage, etc.
This will depend on your current or projected use case and how will it be impacted by the new LTE technology. In addition, ask yourself where are you today and where do you want to be in five years; and most importantly, what business problems are you trying to solve with the new network capabilities?

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