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

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.

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 Build-Out
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
100 MHz Build-Out
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

News & Developments

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.

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.

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).

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.