ACWA’s great friends and Supplier Members at PayTech Solutions took time out a little while back to remind us of the impending closedown of Telstra’s 3G service.
As the introduction of 5G gets closer, mobile network operators are advising of their intention to start turning off 3G services and we’re already seeing Telcos wind down parts of their 3G networks.
Telstra for example, have already started phasing out parts of their 3G networks and have advised they will turn off 3G connectivity on its 2100MHz spectrum on March 25 but will continue to operate 3G services on its 850MHz spectrum.
In searching through old news archives, we found that Telstra has previously said it is likely to shut down its entire 3G network in 2020 but we have been unable to locate any specific detail.
The obvious area of impact at car sites is card payment systems which rely on mobile networks to function.
It looks like 3G will be with us for a little while yet but with 2020 just around the corner now might be a good time for car wash operators to check with their credit card device supplier and see if their payment equipment needs to be upgraded or changed.
ACWA appreciates feedback on any issue of importance to the car wash industry and on this occasion, we thank Russell at PayTech Solutions for alerting car wash operators to the 3G issue.
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