Salt Mobile

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Company Name

Salt Mobile SA

Ownership Type

Privately Held

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Salt is one of three national mobile network operators in Switzerland. Formerly known as Orange, the company's history dates back to its founding in January 1998. Salt Mobile SA was formerly known as Orange Communications SA and changed its name to Salt Mobile in April 2015. The company was acquired by billionaire Xavier Niel's investment vehicle NJJ Holdings in February 2015.

The company, then Orange Switzerland, began providing 3G UMTS services over B1 (2100 MHz) in April 2007. The 3G network was upgraded to DC-HSPA+ in November 2011, with B8 (900 MHz) added around the same period.

4G LTE was launched in May 2013 over the B3 (1800 MHz) band, with B7 (2600 MHz) added in November that year. The company began adding B20 (800 MHz) in May 2014, and later following a refarm of 3G spectrum added B1 (2100 MHz) in January 2019. Peak data rates of 300 Mbps are achieved using 2C aggregation of B3+B7.

After acquiring additional spectrum in February 2019, Salt intends on increasing peak downlink data rates to the 1 Gbps mark using multi carrier aggregation.

Salt 5G

In January 2018 Salt and Nokia demonstrated 5G technology in Salt’s headquarters in Renens using a temporary license obtained from the OFCOM. The test achieved 4.5 Gbps over the 3.5 GHz band using 8T8R equipment.

Salt announced its intentions to use its 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz network to implement a dual-band 5G network comprising n28 (700 MHz) and n78 (3500 MHz) using 10 and 80 MHz channels respectively. The network is to be constructed in partnership with Nokia.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2007-04 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
Active
Active
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2013-05]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
10 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
10 MHz Planned
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Planned
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
10 MHz Planned
80 MHz Planned

Services Available

As specialists in 3G, 4G, and 5G cellular technologies, our R-Spectrum team provides in-country technical services to most regions around the world. Operating on a contract basis we are often sent to remote and isolated regions to assist companies in establishing voice and data communications.

Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.

News & Developments

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.