Swisscom Mobile

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Company Name

Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd

Ownership Type

Subsidiary

Ownership/Controlling Entity

MNC

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3G UMTS Frequency Bands

5G NR Frequency Bands

Company Overview

Swisscom Mobile is a mobile network operator providing cellular services in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The company operates as a subsidiary of Swisscom AG, a major telecommunications provider owned by the Swiss Government.

The company began providing 3G UMTS services in March 2006 over the B1 (2100 MHz) band. 3G data services were upgraded to support HSPA+ in October 2009 and DC-HSPA+ in June 2011.

Its 4G LTE journey began in November 2012 with the launch of 4G services over B3 (1800 MHz), B7 (2600 MHz), and B20 (800 MHz), and then later adding B1 (2100 MHz). The network was upgraded to LTE-A in June 2014, supporting data rates up to 300 Mbps using 2C carrier aggregation of B3+B7. Following the addition of B1 in September 2015, 3C CA brought peak data rates to 450 Mbps.

Holding 45 MHz of TDD 2600 spectrum, Swisscom has conducted a number of TDD-LTE and FDD+TDD trials. B38 (2600 MHz) TDD LTE was reportedly added to the network in Summer 2016. In May 2017 Swisscom added LTE-A Pro technologies including 256QAM, 4X4 MIMO, and 4C CA, taking the network's theoretical peak to 1.2 Gbps.

The company secured additional spectrum in February 2019 auctions, with the award of 15 MHz B28 (700 MHz) and 25 MHz of B75 (1500 MHz) SDL compatible spectrum.

Swisscom IoT

Having trialled both technologies since mid-2017, Swisscom launched NB-IoT and LTE-M (Cat M1) networks in late 2018. Both networks operate over Swisscom's B20 (800 MHz) band.

Swisscom 5G

An early tester of 5G technology, Swisscom has been actively involved in the development of its 5G network since 2016. Numerous trials in partnership with Ericsson have been conducted, primarily using the n78 (3500 MHz) band. Swisscom was awarded 120 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum during the country's February 2019 auctions. In November 2018 the company announced it would begin rolling out 5G to 60 cities during 2019. Swisscom announced the activation of its network on the 17th April 2019.

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 2006-03 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
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 2012-11]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
10 MHz Active
15 MHz Planned
20 MHz Active
20 MHz Active
20 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 Active [Launched 2019-04-17]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
100 MHz Active
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date
IoT Network - eMTC (LTE Cat-M1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

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.