Shutdown of the 3G mobile network

On 26 March 2024, the following matter was referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 30 November 2024.

The shutdown of the 3G mobile network and telecommunications services accessibility, with reference to:

(a) the impact on access to triple zero emergency calls;
(b) the number of devices and customers affected by the shutdown;
(c) the absence of 4G services in rural and regional areas previously covered by 3G;
(d) the impact on elderly and health-compromised Australians who use medical alert devices on the 3G network;
(e) the impact on industries that use 3G devices;
(f) the impact of a lack of telecommunications services on the economic and social circumstances of those who live in regional Australia;
(g) service provisions and coverage;
(h) efficacy and capability in disaster situations;
(i) adherence to, adequacy of, and opportunity to improve service obligations; and
(j) any other related matters.

Submissions close on 31 May 2024.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511