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Telstra will switch off its 3G technology in June 2024 as part of its upgrade to the newer 4G and 5G technologies, the company says, offering no specific reason as to why it was making this announcement more than four years out from the date.

The dominant telco in Australia, Telstra switched off 2G services in December 2016.

In a blog post, Nikos Katinakis, Telstra group executive Networks & IT, said on Wednesday that the company's 3G technology had been switched on in 2006.

"[It] was heralded at the time for its more reliable service, increased speeds and coverage, and what it enabled for customers and businesses on the go," Katinakis said.

"It was the start of being able to send picture messages, stream video and access the Internet on smartphones."

The remainder of Katinakis' blog post was about the company's 5G technology which was launched in May this year.

"Telstra’s 5G technology is now available in selected sites within 10 cities around Australia, and over the next year we expect our coverage to expand to at least 35 Australian cities," he said.

"Our investment to bring 5G to Australia is significant, and forms part of our around $8 billion of spend in our mobile network over the last five years (to 30 June 2019) to enhance the capacity and reach it is providing."

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