Swiss full-service provider Sunrise claims to have activated its second standardised 5G network, at the LAAX ski resort on Crap Sogn Gion. In a press release from the telco, Sunrise said it was ready to go live with the network, although commercial 5G activities are not set to begin until 2019. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 300Mbps and utilises 8×8 MIMO technology and 3.5GHz spectrum. Once 32×32 and 64×64 antennae are available commercially, the operator added, it will be able to increase download speeds to more than 1Gbps. The deployment forms part of the operator’s consumer-focused 5G strategy, which it dubs ‘5G for People’.
Commenting on the rollout, CEO of the resort management firm Weisse Arena Gruppe, Reto Gurtner said that the deployment allows the company to stay at the forefront of technological development: ‘The first mountain internet cafe opened its doors at the … LAAX ski resort a little less than four years after the World Wide Web was born. We’ve been providing virtually seamless Wi-Fi network coverage throughout the entire skiing area since 2013. Now, thanks to Sunrise, we’re well equipped for the future – and especially for when the first tourists start hitting the slopes with their 5G-compatible smartphones sometime around 2020.’