Swisscom along with Ericsson has performed a pilot run of its ‘LTE Advanced Pro’ technology which It intends to launch in early 2017. The trial was successful that Swisscom became the first provider in Europe to achieve 1 Gbps over the mobile broadband network.
Commenting on the newly achieved milestone, Heinz Herren, CTO and CIO at Swisscom stated, “At the beginning of this week, we were able to celebrate a first for Europe by achieving a transfer rate of 1 Gbps, thanks to our close collaboration with Ericsson. This success shows me that Swisscom is on the right path for innovation.”
The operator will unveil the devices that support this technology at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The transfer rate of 1 Gbps will relieve the pressure on Swisscom’s existing mobile broadband networks and fulfil the increasing customer demand of high speed data connections for their personal and professional use.
Martin Bürki, CEO of Ericsson Switzerland elucidated, “Swisscom is one of the most innovative mobile providers worldwide. With Europe’s very first LTE Advanced Pro transfer of 1 Gbps live over Swisscom’s mobile broadband network, we are highlighting the innovative strength of our close and effective collaboration.”
Swisscom has already rolled out LTE Advanced to more than 100 locations, with theoretical bandwidths of up to 300 Mbps. A few selected locations in buildings already allow for transfer rates of up to 450 Mbps. Swisscom’s mobile broadband network reaches over 98% of the population with 4G/LTE and more than 99% with 3G.