Swiss full-service provider Sunrise UPC has begun migrating its roughly 280,000 UPC Mobile subscribers to its own network from that of state-owned telco Swisscom. The development follows the legal merger of Sunrise Communications and UPC Switzerland on 1 May 2021, with the merged entity adopting the name Sunrise UPC. The operator noted that the merger would not impact customers or alter products or offers, as it would continue to utilise the distinct Sunrise and UPC brands for the time being. As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, UPC purchased a majority interest in Sunrise in November 2020 via a public tender offer before initiating a squeeze-out to take full-control of the company. Cableco UPC had offered mobile services as MVNO, piggybacking on Swisscom’s network since January 2019, when it migrated from its former host, Salt. With its acquisition and merger with mobile provider Sunrise, however, UPC has opted to move its subscribers to its own network. The migration is expected to take several weeks and does not require customers to take any action.
Sunrise UPC CEO Andre Krause was quoted as saying of the move: ‘Our fibre optics-based ‘Giganet’, access arrangements, fibre optics partnerships and our mobile network make up an infrastructure combination that is unique in Switzerland. We are therefore transferring UPC mobile customers to our own mobile network, which ranks among the best in the world.’