Swisscom has announced plans to implement 5G hardware and software in its network by the end of 2018, two years ahead of its previous deadline of 2020, with the first 5G mast scheduled to be trialled in Ittigen in March this year. Widespread rollout of the technology, however, is dependent on an amendment to existing regulations governing non-ionising radiation which, in their current form, hinder Swisscom’s capacity to install new antenna sites. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the Swiss parliament is already considering reforms to the rules. Swisscom also notes that compatible devices are not expected to reach the market until early 2019. Nevertheless, Swisscom – along with its equipment supplier Ericsson – is planning to introduce 5G at selected sites this year. In a press release, Swisscom attributed the faster introduction to the accelerated pace at which the 5G technology standard was developed and its own work on the platform over the last two years.