Switzerland

Geographic Region (ITU/UN)

ISO 3166 Code

CH

M49 Code

756

MCC

228

ITU Member

Yes

ITU-R Region

Overview

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. The country  is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east.

Switzerland is a member of the ITU and as such follows radio frequency harmonisation principles according to ITU-R Region-1. The regulatory body governing communications policy is the Bundesamt für Kommunikation (BAKOM), and the Eidgenössische Kommunikationskommission ComCom is also charged with regulating the country's radio frequency spectrum activities such as planning, allocations, and licencing.

Markets

The major stock exchanges in this country include;

National Mobile Network Operators

There are 3 mobile network operators servicing this region.

3G: Active
3G Bands: B1 (2100 MHz)
4G: Active
5G: Active
5G Bands: n78 (3500 MHz)
IoT: Active, Active
IoT Technology: NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1), eMTC (LTE Cat-M1)
3G: Active
4G: Active
5G: Planned
IoT: N/A

Hardware Manufacturers

There are 1 hardware manufacturers operating in this region.

News & Developments

Swisscom flipped the switch last night at the stroke of midnight to become the first mobile provider in Switzerland to go live with its 5G network across 102 locations in the first 54 towns – including Basel, Bern, Chur, Davos, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

Sunrise is launching the first 5G offer in Switzerland and covering 150 cities/villages with the latest generation of mobile communications by end of March. Along with South Korea, Japan, the USA and China, Switzerland is one of the first countries in the world to launch 5G. Sunrise offers the broadest 5G coverage right from the start.

The first 5G test networks are in place. When will 5G be available across Switzerland?

Our test networks in Burgdorf, Lausanne, Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lucerne are some of the first in the world. These are not simply demo networks, but completely standardised networks. A successive expansion to around 60 towns and communities by the end of 2019 is currently planned.

5G devices are a step closer to becoming reality today, November 8, as several major communications industry players joined forces with Swisscom to achieve a global first by connecting a smartphone prototype to a live non-laboratory 3.5 GHz 5G network for the first time.

"Only six months after setting a world record under test laboratory conditions, we are putting the first Swiss 5G antenna into operation. 5G is the technology that will enable future applications like self-driving vehicles, the Internet of Things, networking infrastructures with devices and people, and real-time control of critical production processes, just as a few examples.

Swisscom customers will now enjoy the 5th mobile generation at the end of 2018, two years earlier than originally expected. The pace at which the latest mobile communication standard is developing has rocketed. Ericsson, Swisscom’s network equipment supplier, will deliver the first 5G hardware and software and implement it in the Swisscom mobile network this year.

Today, Salt and Nokia successfully showcased how the fifth generation of mobile technology (5G) will enable new applications and business cases, such as virtual and augmented reality, driverless cars and remotely controlled road convoys as well as the seamless automatization of complex production and service processes for mobile customers in Switzerland.

Zurich, Switzerland, December 14, 2017] Huawei and Sunrise have jointly showcased the large scope of 5G use cases on a 5G E2E Network. Using cloud-based end-to-end applications, 5G performance capability was demonstrated with virtual reality, 360-degree panoramic live video, and twelve parallel 4K video streams on 65-inch UHD TVs.

Swisscom is intensively driving forward the development of 5G and thus supporting the Swiss economy and society with digitisation. Swisscom will launch two new access technologies for the Internet of Things next year – Narrow Band-IoT and LTE Cat-M1. The two access technologies based on mobile telecommunications supplement the existing low power network (LPN).

Cellnex Telecom (54%) –in a consortium with Swiss Life Asset Managers  (28%) and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners (DTCP) (18%) – has reached an agreement with Sunrise Communications International to acquire 100% of Swiss Towers AG, a subsidiary of the Swiss mobile operator that operates 2,239 telecommunication site Switzerland.

Swisscom’s next technology leap in the mobile network: speeds of more than 800 Mbit/s are possible with the right mobile phone in the Swisscom Shop in Zurich's Füsslistrasse. Swisscom’s mobile network is currently a step ahead of the smartphones on the market today. As soon as they catch up, we will break the speed barrier of 1 Gbit/s. That is around seven times faster than three years ago.