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Sunrise offers ultra fast internet in Laax GR

This abbreviation is the telecommunications industry, especially the sparse: 5G. Sunrise, Salt and Swisscom have an unsurpassed race in the battle for the super-fast network. Yesterday, Sunrise installed the world's first standardized 5G network at the Laax GR ski resort.

Demonstration of the 5G network at Graubünden Grap Sogn Gion – 2,253 meters above sea level – is an announcement to Swisscom and Salt rivals in the race for ultra-fast mobile communications. The second largest telecommunications provider in Switzerland yesterday installed the world's first standardized 5G network at the Laax GR ski resort. “Switzerland also needs a fast network in rural areas,” says Olaf Swanti (52), Sunrise CEO, in an interview with Blick. "We demonstrate in Laax how to offer broadband without cables."

5G is a mobile standard that will replace the current 4th generation (4G) standard one day. With 5G download speeds of up to 10 Gbps are possible. For example, live sports events are broadcast in real time. And with the help of 5G, many other devices can simultaneously transmit data, increasing the frequency and throughput of data.

Recognizing the criteria of the federal government in criticism

Almost every year, data volume almost doubles across Switzerland. “We need 5G to maintain the efficiency and quality of the mobile network,” says Olaf Swantie. If Switzerland wants to remain competitive internationally, it needs a digital infrastructure that deserves a name. But as long as there is no ultra-fast network in Switzerland, it will take some time. On the one hand, the frequency distribution provides a real Zoff among the telecommunications giants. In particular, the supposedly small – Sunrise and Salt – sharply shoot according to the criteria of the award of the federal government.

In fact, in July 2018, a federal auction for the 5G frequencies in Switzerland should have been held. The minimum price will be 220 million francs if there is a demand for all frequencies. Meanwhile, the auction is scheduled for January 2019. The more frequencies an individual provider can provide, the more stable its network. Suonti is criticized by the fact that in the award of frequencies, preference is given to the leader of the Swisscom industry, in which the federal government owns a controlling stake. “Swisscom has the ability to buy more than they need,” says Swanti.

It brings a super network

It is estimated that by the end of 2024, the ultra-fast 5G network will cover more than 40 percent of the world's population, including 1.5 billion consumer connections. But he also needs appropriate devices. More recently, the telecommunications giant Swisscom, which is already testing 5G networks in six cities in Switzerland, presented a prototype of a 5G mobile phone. Manufacturers, such as Huawei, want to bring the first 5G-Handys 2019 to their own readiness with the help of their own data. But a super network can do much more: 5G networks will become the basis for many services that cannot be implemented in today's network. They should create the possibility of self-driving cars at some point. Internet Things, network and digitization of many devices, must be accelerated 5G. (SAF)

No restrictions

Sunrise and Salt have already threatened to take legal action against Swisscom if they do not receive enough frequencies. Another obstacle is technology. The current network in Switzerland is not compatible with 5G. For a new network, transmission towers in Switzerland would have to let shine stronger. To restrict it would be necessary to relax. However, while the policy refused. If parliament does not lead, the 5G network in Switzerland will remain heterogeneous. And Switzerland is browsing the ultra-fast network.

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