3G Cellular Networks closing

3G Networks are Closing

The 3G networks are closing soon in New Zealand. One NZ (previously Vodafone NZ) plans to switch off in 2024, and Spark is likely to be similar. 

We appreciate this is not "new news" as some 3G networks have already been switched off overseas.

However, this does not just impact old cell phones. We encourage you all to complete the following:

    1. Review what 3G devices you still use
    2. Establish a device replacement or upgrade plan
    3. Check with your telco for updates to their plan for your region

Please remember to check all of these in your system and organisation:

Auto Diallers - Do you still use any older controllers to send alarms for pump faults or gate openers etc?

Flow Meters - If they use cellular telemetry, has it been updated to use 4G?

Building and Security Alarm Monitoring - If it is remotely monitored, has the cellular device already been updated to use 4G?

Irrigation and Centre Pivot Controllers - Has the control panel or control box been upgraded to 4G?

Weather Stations and Environmental Sensors - If they use cellular telemetry, has it been updated to use 4G?

The QTech SMS Lite is the ideal 4G controller for upgrading these older systems to send alarms and alerts.

QTech DATRAN SCADA systems often have cellular connections for SMS alerts and base station comms. The CM910 modem is a 4G device but some early versions were 3G. Please contact sales if you are unsure, we will be able to supply a solution.

CM910 modem

The 3G Cellular networks are closing soon - working with your service providers and making sure your business is prepared, will be time well spent.