Johnson said business use of 2G today is very low and so would not likely be impacted by termination of the lower-speed network. However, there are still low-income consumers with 2G devices, he said.
Coughlan pointed to two other groups relying on 2G. There are still a lot of 2G devices from overseas and a significant embedded base of 2G machine-to-machine devices, he said. The 2G M2M devices will sometimes be in remote locations and owned by corporate customers. To placate these customers Telstra will no doubt be asked to assist fund the replacement of these devices with 3G devices.
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