Sunrise takes lead in 5G network coverage in Switzerland

Sunrise has revealed its 5G network reached more than 309 towns / cities across Switzerland, offering nearly double the coverage of the second-placed provider.
Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee
This figure only includes areas where 5G coverage reaches at least 80 percent of the local population. Sunrise will expand 5G coverage to many other areas, including parts of major cities such as Zurich.

Swisscom, the main rival of Sunrise, earlier said it is expanding the 5G network in phases and plans to roll out 5G to 90 percent of the population by the end of the year.

Swisscom CEO Urs Schaeppi recently said Swisscom is expanding the 5G mobile network and making modern fibre-optic technologies available to an average of one new municipality per day.

Swisscom said it aims to provide broadband to all Swiss municipalities and to 90 percent of homes and offices in Switzerland by the end of 2021.

Sunrise is focusing on 5G in the 3.5 GHz range with up to 2 Gbit/s. Sunrise is not expanding in existing frequencies in 700 to 2600 MHz.

Customer speed tests show that 5G is 10 times faster for surfing and has a 2.5 times quicker response time than 4G.

Sunrise will launch the world’s first 5G cloud gaming service with 4K resolution in November 2019.

Sunrise offers 5G coverage in 23 Sunrise Shops where customers can experience 5G. 5G coverage will be available in all 95 Sunrise Shops by the year-end.

Sunrise is also launching “5G Indoor Coverage as a Service”, an important element for the Internet of Things (IoT). Sunrise’s 5G Indoor Coverage as a Service is a solution based on installing LampSites on company premises.

“We focus on quality and aim to provide real, fast 5G through our continued rollout. Our customers appreciate this. We’ve received very positive feedback,” Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise, said.

Sunrise is focusing on replacing slow DSL connections in areas where fiber optics and cable networks are not available for homes and companies, and on mobile use with 5G smartphones.