27 February 2003
1997: The GSM 900 network is merged with the GSM 1800 networks in Geneva, Zurich and Basel, creating Switzerland's first dualband network. November sees the 1,000,000th customer registered on the NATEL® D network.
1998: Two more mobile phone licences are awarded as part of the liberalisation of the Swiss telecommunications market.
2001: HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switched Data) is launched, providing higher data transmission rates on the GSM network.
2002: GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) is available to all NATEL® subscribers from February onwards. With GPRS, data is transmitted in the form of packets. The first MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) messages are sent in Switzerland in June. MMS makes it possible to send pictures, sound or longer, formatted texts via mobile phone. At the end of 2002 there are more than 5.5 million active mobile lines in Switzerland, and GSM coverage is guaranteed in over 99% of Switzerland?s populated areas.
Berne, 27 February 2003