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[December 13, 2012]
Swisscom launches 4G/LTE network in Switzerland
Dec 13, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Swisscom AG, a provider of telecommunications services, has launched 4G/LTE network in Switzerland. At the time of the launch, this new network will be available in 26 locations.
According to the company, the 4G/LTE network will give customers with a 4G/LTE-enabled smartphone or notebook plus a surf subscription even faster mobile Internet access while on the move. Swisscom will work as quickly as possible during the next year to continue 4G/LTE expansion. The new network will cover 70 percent of the population by the end of 2013.
Swisscom is continuously expanding its range of 4G/LTE smartphones: HTC One XL will be available at the launch with Samsung Galaxy SIII 4G, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 4G, and Nokia Lumia 920 to follow in early December. Swisscom also offers a USB modem for notebooks from Huawei and a mobile hotspot from ZTE. Apple will provide a software update in due course for customers with an iPhone 5 or one of the new iPads.
After a successful 4G/LTE pilot project in seven tourist regions and the cities of Berne and Zurich, Swisscom will now launch 4G/LTE in 26 locations. Frequencies of 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz are used to transmit the 4G/LTE signal. 70 percent of the population will be able to use the new network by the end of 2013. The company will invest around CHF1.5 billion in the expansion of its mobile network until 2016.
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