Swiss operator Sunrise has announced that its new 5G network went live on 4 April, with initial coverage of 150 towns, villages and cities. Coverage ranges from 80% to 98% depending on location, with Sunrise noting that it only has partial coverage of larger markets, such as Zurich. Further, the telco has confirmed that the network utilises spectrum in the 700MHz and 2.4GHz-2.5GHz bands, rather than the millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies being used to support 5G in other markets.
Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise, commented: ‘5G is live. Until autonomous cars, robots etc. can be used with 5G in the next few years, Sunrise will enable high-bandwidth internet in Switzerland thanks to 5G … “5G for People” is closing the digital divide in Switzerland and making Switzerland Europe’s pioneer in digital infrastructures.’