Sunrise 5G network is live in more than 150 cities across Switzerland
In April 2019, Sunrise announced its 5G network is live in more than 150 cities across Switzerland. First customers are free of charge as an introductory offer. PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones simply connect to the Sunrise Internet Box via Wi-Fi at home or in the office. The company announced that that customers will initially benefit from Internet speeds of several hundred Mbps. And as the rollout of the network continues, bandwidths will continuously reach fiber speeds of 1 Gbps.
Earlier in March, Sunrise, Swisscom and Salt, acquired several frequencies in the auction organized by the Confederation. The auction covered blocks of frequencies within the 700 MHz, 1400 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz ranges. Swisscom will pay 195.6 million, Sunrise 89.2 million and Salt 94.5 million. Dense Air – a British operator controlled by the US group Airspan – the fourth company to have applied to the auction, didn’t purchased any 5G frequencies.
Swisscom announced plans to offer 5G throughout Switzerland by the end of the year and the first commercial 5G smartphone model which is expected to be available from May. The 5G device comes from the manufacturer Oppo, and will be followed by other brands such as LG (from May), Samsung (from July) and Huawei (third quarter). The service will be available for an additional fee of 10 or 20 Swiss francs (9 and 18 euros) to the 4G monthly subscription.