In accordance with the decision of ComCom, Swisscom is to obtain additional mobile frequencies in what used to be the Natel C band. The right of use is for two thirds of the frequencies, a total of 8.2 MHz in the GSM 900 MHz band, and can be used from 1 January 2001 until 31 May 2008. The additional frequencies increase network capacity and enable Swisscom to meet rapidly growing demand in mobile voice and data communication.
With the largest customer base, three million, and the highest traffic volumes on the mobile network Swisscom is the clear number one in Swiss mobile communications.
The former Natel C frequencies can already be used with existing mobile phones. This means that Swisscom´s mobile customers can continue to benefit from high quality and high availability on the mobile network. The continuous increase in customer numbers, increasing traffic volumes and above all the GPRS data services of the future necessitate a substantial increase in network capacity.
Future bandwidth technologies such as UMTS will be used for new applications such as mobile video transmission. The auction for UMTS licences will begin in Switzerland on 13 November 2000. Carsten Schloter, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Swisscom Mobile, comments, «We expect Swisscom to be successful in obtaining a UMTS licence».