• by ASP Microcomputers / From / November 22, 2018 /

    Mobile phone bands in Australia [current as at Dec 2018]

    If you’re considering adopting  a 3G/4G Wireless Wide Area Network [WWAN] solution for your rugged handheld terminals, here are the bands in use in Australia, and which carriers are using them.  Not all rugged terminals are equipped with every band, so check the brochure or contact one our fantastic sales staff who will provide all the information you need to make the right choice.  If your organisation is locked into using only a certain carrier, then let ASP manage your data plans if they need to be with another carrier.

    700MhzBand 28Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG
    850MhzBand 5Telstra, Vodafone
    900MhzBand 8Optus, Telstra, Vodafone
    1800MhzBand 3Telstra, Optus, TPG, Vodafone
    2100MhzBand 1Optus, Vodafone, Telstra
    2300MhzBand 40Optus
    2600MhzBand 7Telstra, Optus, TPG
    3500MhzBand 42Optus, Telstra

    Looking at the allocations a little differently:

    3G900MhzB8Optus, Vodafone
    3G2100MhzB1Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G700MhzB28Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG
    4G900MhzB8Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G1800MhzB3Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G2100MhzB1Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G2600MhzB7Telstra, Optus

    In general terms, the lower frequencies (700-900) are used for wide coverage, and the higher frequencies (1800-2600) are used to fill in coverage holes and to provide extra capacity.

    Telstra is already turning off 2100Mhz 3G and will reallocate that band to 4G.  We’re not sure yet what the other providers are doing, but we expect that everyone will move to 4G or 5G eventually.