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.
|700Mhz||Band 28||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG|
|850Mhz||Band 5||Telstra, Vodafone|
|900Mhz||Band 8||Optus, Telstra, Vodafone|
|1800Mhz||Band 3||Telstra, Optus, TPG, Vodafone|
|2100Mhz||Band 1||Optus, Vodafone, Telstra|
|2600Mhz||Band 7||Telstra, Optus, TPG|
|3500Mhz||Band 42||Optus, Telstra|
Looking at the allocations a little differently:
|3G||2100Mhz||B1||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone|
|4G||700Mhz||B28||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG|
|4G||900Mhz||B8||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone|
|4G||1800Mhz||B3||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone|
|4G||2100Mhz||B1||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone|
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.