The Impact of the 3G Network Shutdown on Your GPS Tracker

As technology continues to evolve, it’s inevitable that older technologies will become obsolete. 

This is the case with the 3G network, which is set to be shut down by Telstra, Optus & Vodafone in Australia by June 2024, with the wind-down already beginning.

While this may not seem like a big deal, it can significantly impact GPS trackers that rely on cellular networks to transmit location data. 

Let’s explore how the network shutdown will impact your GPS tracker’s performance, and what you can do to ensure that your tracking system continues to work effectively.


Understanding 3G and 4G Networks

Before we dive into the specifics of how the network shutdown will impact GPS trackers, it’s important to understand the difference between 3G and 4G networks. 

The 3G network was first introduced in the early 2000s and provided faster data transfer rates than its predecessor, 2G. However, 3G networks are now considered to be slow and outdated, especially when compared to the superior performance of 4G & 5G.

4G networks, on the other hand, offer significantly faster data transfer rates and improved overall performance. They’re able to handle more data and provide faster download and upload speeds. As such, many devices, including GPS trackers, have now moved to 4G networks to take advantage of these benefits.

But some GPS trackers are still running on the 3G network (and an even smaller amount are only operational on 2G!)

Fact About 4G Network

Telstra and the 4G Network

Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications provider, plays a crucial role in GPS tracking. As part of its ongoing efforts to advance its telecommunications infrastructure and provide its customers with the best possible network experience, Telstra has made the strategic decision to shut down its 3G network on the 30th of June 2024.

The Solid GPS tracker, combined with the powerful Telstra 4G network, forms a winning combination for efficient and reliable location tracking. 

When paired with Telstra 4G connectivity, the Solid GPS tracker can seamlessly transmit location data with remarkable speed and precision, thanks to the network’s high-speed data connectivity and extensive coverage. 

Overall, the integration of the Solid GPS tracker with Telstra 4G offers a powerful and dependable solution for effective location tracking in various industries and scenarios.

3G vs 4G Network in Australia

The Impact of 3G Network Shutdown

In Australia, the decision to shut down 3G networks was made to free up the spectrum for newer technologies and improve overall network performance. 

This means that any device that relies on 3G networks, including GPS trackers, will need to be upgraded to newer and more advanced technology in order to continue functioning. This can have significant consequences for businesses and individuals who rely on GPS tracking to monitor assets or people. 

Here are the challenges for GPS tracker users:

  • Loss of Connectivity: GPS trackers that rely solely on 3G connectivity will lose their ability to transmit data once the network is turned off. This disruption will result in a loss of real-time tracking capabilities and hinder effective asset or personal monitoring.
  • Limited Coverage: As the 3G network shuts down, the coverage provided by this network will gradually decrease. GPS trackers relying on 3G technology may experience reduced coverage and encounter difficulties operating in areas where 3G signals are no longer available.
  • Compatibility Issues: Many older GPS tracker models are designed to work exclusively with 3G networks. As these networks become obsolete, making their existing GPS trackers unusable. Upgrading to newer devices becomes necessary (and expensive) to ensure uninterrupted tracking functionality.

The Need to Upgrade GPS Trackers

To overcome the challenges posed by the 3G network shutdown and retain the benefits of GPS tracking, users are strongly encouraged to upgrade their devices or purchase a device that already uses the most up-to-date networks.

Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when upgrading your GPS trackers:

  • Research and Identify Compatible Devices: GPS trackers operating on future-proof networks like 4G. These newer and more advanced devices provide enhanced connectivity, broader coverage, and future-proof functionality.
  • Check Network Compatibility: Before purchasing a new GPS tracker, ensure it is compatible with the network infrastructure available in Australia. Verify that the device supports the specific bands and frequencies used by local service providers.

Why is Solid GPS a Must-Have?

If you’re looking for a reliable GPS tracking solution that will continue to function even after the 3G network shutdown, a Solid GPS tracker is the ultimate choice for you.

Solid GPS trackers are specifically designed to work seamlessly with 4G networks, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and reliable tracking performance. With a Solid GPS tracker, you can continue to monitor your assets effectively even after the 3G network shutdown.

Here are some reasons why Solid GPS trackers stand out as the top choice:

  • Compatibility with 4G Networks: Solid GPS trackers utilize 4G connectivity for faster speeds, greater reliability, and wider coverage, ensuring seamless data transmission.
  • Comprehensive Features: With real-time tracking, geofencing, and instant alerts, Solid GPS trackers provide advanced functionality for effective asset monitoring.
  • User-Friendly Platform: Solid GPS trackers come with an intuitive platform that allows you to monitor your assets from anywhere, at any time, with easy-to-use mapping interfaces and customizable reports.
  • Reliability and Durability: Built to withstand various environmental conditions, Solid GPS trackers offer durability and protection with rugged enclosures, ensuring long-term reliability.
Why Solid GPS is a Must-have


While the shutdown of 3G networks may seem like a setback, it’s important to remember that it’s all part of the natural evolution of technology.

With the emergence of newer technologies, such as the 5G, we can anticipate even further advancements in GPS tracking technology. This could include improved accuracy, faster data transfer rates, and more advanced features.

By upgrading to a Solid GPS tracker, users can navigate the transition effectively and continue to benefit from reliable and accurate GPS tracking.

Solid GPS provides reliable and future-proof solutions, providing seamless connectivity, advanced features, and exceptional customer support.

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