SYDNEY – Optus is mulling the future of its 2G GSM mobile services after parent Singtel opted to shut down its Singapore 2G network.Singtel will end 2G
voice, messaging and data services in Singapore in April 2017, citing
consumers’ “increased demand for mobile data and faster access
speeds” and the high uptake of faster 3G and 4G services.
In Australia, No 1 telco Telstra has announced plans to close its 2G network by
the end of 2016.
Comms industry analyst Paul Budde told iTnews it was only a matter of time
before Optus follows suit. “I think with hardly anyone left on 2G, they
can start to reuse that network space, and it makes sense to start closing
services on the old network,” Budde said.