Sunrise opens 5G service to public; UPC to offer 1Gbps nationwide

19 Sep 2019

Swiss full-service provider Sunrise has made its 5G services available to the public, having initially launched a limited offering in April this year. The operator is initially focusing on using its 5G network to provide high speed broadband services to customers outside of the footprint of the nation’s fibre-optic networks. As such, Sunrise now offers customers 5G as an option for subscribers to its home broadband plans and will utilise the technology that provides users with the best connection speed based on their location, with no additional cost. The telco’s 5G ‘fiber over the air’ service can also be bundled with TV and landline telephony services, and subscribers that are also signed up to a Sunrise mobile plan can benefit from the ‘Sunrise Advantage’ discount scheme, in the same way as its fibre or copper-based broadband services. Sunrise’s 5G service is currently available in over 262 towns and cities, covering at least 80% of the population in these locations.

Meanwhile, cable broadband provider UPC Switzerland has announced that it will launch gigabit broadband speeds nationwide from 25 September. According the operator, download speeds of up to 1Gbps will be made available throughout its footprint ‘all at once.’ UPC CEO Severina Pascu explained: ‘From 25 September, rural and alpine regions will also be able to benefit from giga speeds for the first time. This is an absolute novelty in the Swiss telecommunications market.’ UPC is currently the subject of a takeover bid from Sunrise, though the agreed sale has been challenged by the latter’s shareholders, and the agreement is awaiting approvals.

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