The Swisscom 5G story
If service providers do not change their way of working, they will find it difficult to earn money from 5G. Through the Joint Mobile Group with Ericsson, we now play an even bigger role in setting the pace of innovation and formulating this new 5G ecosystem. This is the way of working and it is helping us to develop revenue opportunities in segments that we did not think would be possible.
A story of Swiss innovation
At a tenth the size of California, Switzerland is a relatively small country with a high acumen for innovation. Over the past ten years, the alpine confederation has consecutively topped the Global Innovation Index, thanks to a combination of a strong local R&D network, a bourgeoning startup scene and a significant number of patent applications delivered year on year.
In April 2019, Swisscom became the first to launch commercial 5G in Europe. Since then, the leading service provider has hit 5G milestone after milestone, together with Ericsson, as part of its commitment to unleash faster 5G speeds for Swiss consumers and enterprises. Today, Swisscom delivers 5G coverage to 96% of the Swiss population – and still continues to build out both 5G capacity and coverage across dense urban hotspots, remote alpine regions and major transport routes.
In May 2021, Swisscom strengthened its long-term strategic partnership commitment to Ericsson with a deal including 5G Standalone (SA) rollout. 5G SA will enable Swisscom to deliver superior network performance and new use cases to its customers. As Swisscom prepares to introduce 5G SA, we take a closer look at the past, present and future of the groundbreaking Swisscom 5G vision.
“If you want to have the best network, you also have to prove it,” says Klaus Liechti, Senior 5G Program Director at Swisscom. ”Today, we have several 5G contracts with large business customers in the areas of public safety, transport, health and construction. To drive those use cases forward, we know it is important to be first. This is not always easy of course, and we must put in a lot of effort to test again and again and tick all the boxes.”