Sun sets on 2G technology for Swiss cellco

20 Jun 2017

Swiss full service provider Sunrise will deactivate its 2G networks by the end of 2018, two years ahead of its rival and cellular market leader, Swisscom, saying that the ‘outdated’ technology no longer meets its quality standards. The move will enable Sunrise to accelerate the expansion of its LTE and LTE Advanced (LTE-A, referred to locally as ‘4G+’) networks, which it says will cover 92% of Switzerland’s territory by the end of 2017. The operator added that it would offer 2G customers ‘attractive upgrade offers,’ whilst its business customers will receive assistance when the changeover is made to ‘ensure that their solutions benefit from the very best network quality’. Sunrise will begin to notify its users of the shift this month, to provide customers sufficient time to upgrade. The cellco also noted that it was ‘paving the way’ for a full, nationwide voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) launch, but did not set out a timeframe for the development. Sunrise launched voice-over-WiFi (VoWiFi) earlier this year.

Switzerland, Sunrise Communications