• 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.

    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
    2300Mhz Band 40 Optus
    2600Mhz Band 7 Telstra, Optus, TPG
    3500Mhz Band 42 Optus, Telstra

    Looking at the allocations a little differently:

    3G 850Mhz B5 Telstra
    3G 900Mhz B8 Optus, Vodafone
    3G 2100Mhz B1 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G 700Mhz B28 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, TPG
    4G 850Mhz B5 Vodafone
    4G 900Mhz B8 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G 1800Mhz B3 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G 2100Mhz B1 Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
    4G 2300Mhz B40 Optus
    4G 2600Mhz B7 Telstra, 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.