Ericsson, Swisscom launch commercial 5G network in Switzerland
Juan Pedro Tomas | April 17, 2019
Ericsson and carrier Swisscom have switched on what it claims to be the first large-scale commercial 5G network in Europe to support commercially available smartphones, the vendor said in a statement.
The partners went live with the network on April 17, following Swisscom’s securing of a commercial 5G license. As all the other component parts of the network were already in place, securing the license meant the partners only had to switch the network on, Ericsson said. The commercial 5G network, and related 5G services, are now available in 54 cities and communities in Switzerland, including Zürich, Bern, Geneva, Basel, Lausanne and Lucerne. Swisscom said that its subscribers with commercial 5G smartphones and routers in covered areas will immediately have access to 5G services across infotainment, gaming, virtual reality, and immersive media experiences. The partners also said that the launch of the 5G commercial network also opens the door to exploring new opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 areas.