Switzerland 5G: Sunrise takes lead in 5G network coverage; Swisscom updates on 5G network

Sunrise has revealed its 5G network reached more than 309 towns / cities across Switzerland, offering nearly double the coverage of the second-placed provider.

 

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This figure only includes areas where 5G coverage reaches at least 80 percent of the local population. Sunrise will expand 5G coverage to many other areas, including parts of major cities such as Zurich.

Swisscom, the main rival of Sunrise, earlier said it is expanding the 5G network in phases and plans to roll out 5G to 90 percent of the population by the end of the year.

Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi recently said Swisscom is expanding the 5G mobile network and making modern fibre-optic technologies available to an average of one new municipality per day.

Swisscom said it aims to provide broadband to all Swiss municipalities and to 90 percent of homes and offices in Switzerland by the end of 2021.

Sunrise is focusing on 5G in the 3.5 GHz range with up to 2 Gbit/s. Sunrise is not expanding in existing frequencies in 700 to 2600 MHz.

Customer speed tests show that 5G is 10 times faster for surfing and has a 2.5 times quicker response time than 4G.

Sunrise will launch the world’s first 5G cloud gaming service with 4K resolution in November 2019.

 

Swisscom has revealed how the telecom operator is progressing with the roll out of 5G network and broadband in Switzerland

Swisscom spent CHF 196 million on mobile frequencies for the 5G network in Switzerland during the spectrum auction in the first quarter.

But Swisscom’s 5G network roll out is well below the 5G coverage completed by Sunrise, its main rival, across Switzerland.

Swisscom, which launched standardised 5G networks on 17 April 2019, is expanding the 5G network in phases and plans to roll out 5G to 90 percent of the population by the end of the year.

“Swisscom is expanding the 5G mobile network further and making modern fibre-optic technologies available to an average of one new municipality per day,” Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi said.

Swisscom said its high-speed broadband network connects more than 70 percent of Swiss homes and offices with Internet speeds of more than 80 Mbps. In addition, Swisscom is offering Internet speeds of more than 200 Mbps to over 43 percent of all homes and offices.

Swisscom also said the switch to IP technology is is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.

Swisscom covered 99 percent of the Swiss population with its 4G/LTE network at the end of September 2019. Over 96 percent of the Swiss population access Internet at speeds of up to 300 Mbps, over 72 percent at speeds of up to 500 Mbps and around 27 percent at 700 Mbps.

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