Companies and telecom operators have been competing to adopt and deploy the latest technologies, and more specifically, tech with fifth-generation network capabilities.
Sunrise – Switzerland’s second-largest telco – was awarded the connect 5G Innovation Award for the fastest and most reliable 5G network in the country, according to the Connect mobile network test.
The Swiss operator provides products and services that are unmatched in their ability to maximize network performance, ensure efficient service delivery and assist in the development of high-quality products.
5G infrastructure and network efficiency
Countries around the world have been keen to accelerate 5G rollout for their citizens, however, today few telcos have succeeded in offering mobile subscribers immediate service benefits of the advanced network.
The Sunrise network covers more than 90% of the Swiss population and over 686 cities and villages with high-speed 5G (up to 2 Gbit/s), according to their website. “Sunrise offers the leading 5G network in Switzerland and is continuing its plan to secure Switzerland’s leading digital infrastructure position within Europe using 5G and is continually supplying new cities/villages with this technology.”
André Krause, CEO of Sunrise said, “We were the first provider to launch 5G in Switzerland and Europe. Since then, leading independent tests have confirmed that Sunrise has the fastest and most reliable 5G network. This is just as important for business customer applications as it is for the consumers who already use a 5G device. 5G devices are selling very well, growth is rapid. Thanks to the investments we have made, customers are enjoying the benefits of a world-leading mobile network. Unfortunately, Switzerland is in danger of losing this advantage if it does not align its framework conditions with those abroad.”
Sunrise is the only provider in the whole D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) to achieve the top overall mark – “OUTSTANDING” – for the fifth time in a row.
Opportunities and challenges
In recent months, 5G was allocated to three mobile operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt with 2,000 antennas installed last year alone.
A report published by OpenSignal this year, highlighted the seamless services provided by the country’s networks. “Users enjoy a very consistent experience across all video streaming providers and resolutions, with fast loading times and almost non-existent stalling in Switzerland.”
On the other hand, Switzerland has faced challenges regarding approval procedures and municipality restrictions that have caused delays on their 5G fast-track plan, as well as the lingering debate on the health risks of 5G wireless connection.