Salt aiming for H1 2020 5G launch

19 Dec 2019

Swiss full-service provider Salt started deploying 5G technology in H2 2019 and expects to launch the service commercially some time in H1 2020, CEO Pascal Grieder was quoted as saying in an interview with news agency AWP. The executive added that Salt is ready to take legal action against local authorities that have imposed moratoriums on 5G network construction based on health concerns. The operator cites rulings from the communications and environment ministries earlier this year, saying that canton-level administrations do not have the authority to impose blanket bans on network deployment, and are only empowered to approve or block the installation of individual sites, and under specific circumstances. Mr Grieder went on to say, however, that the company has not yet received ‘an appealable cantonal decree’ imposing a region-wide moratorium on 5G development, potentially limiting its range of legal actions. Nevertheless, Salt is involved in a ‘constructive exchange with the responsible authorities,’ the CEO added.

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