Swisscom Taps Ericsson Spectrum Sharing Software to Achieve Nationwide 5G Coverage

Swisscom Taps Ericsson Spectrum Sharing Software to Achieve Nationwide 5G Coverage Image Credit: Swisscom

Swisscom, the largest telecommunications service provider in Switzerland, recently launched the first large-scale commercial 5G network in Europe to support commercially available smartphones.

The commercial 5G network, and related 5G services, are now available in 54 cities and communities in Switzerland, including the major population areas: Zürich, Bern, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Lucerne.

Swisscom announced its aim to have its 5G network operational all over Switzerland by the end of 2019 – with close to 90 percent nationwide population coverage. This will be achieved by using Ericsson Spectrum Sharing software that dynamically shares spectrum between 4G and 5G carriers based on traffic demand. This solution will enable fast nationwide 5G coverage with 5G-ready 4G radios, said Ericsson.

Urs Schaeppi, CEO, Swisscom
With the launch of the first commercial 5G network in Switzerland, we are laying the foundation for diverse, new applications and business models. This will not only be great for Switzerland but also inspiring for the people who will now be part of the digital world whether they are living in the city, countryside, or in the mountains.

Arun Bansal, President and Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson
As we continue our close ties with Swisscom, we are also strengthening the 5G ecosystem by reducing the time-to-market for chipset and device makers. We ensure multivendor operability with 5G devices and networks, enabling more 5G devices to come to the market so consumers can enjoy the benefits of 5G services.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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