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Press release

Another first for Swisscom's mobile data network

Berne, 04 September 2009

Surfing on the move or working efficiently: more and more people are taking advantage of the benefits of mobile data communication. The rapidly growing volume of data traffic means that the network needs to expand continuously. Right in time for the ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Swisscom is rolling out HSPA+, the latest technology for mobile data traffic. HSPA+ allows far more people to surf the net simultaneously from the same radio cell without any loss in speed.

The quantity of data traffic sent via the wireless telecommunications network has trebled in the space of a year. An ever-growing proportion of Swisscom's over five million mobile customers uses mobile data communication, whether for surfing on the move or attending to business. And this rapid growth is set to continue. Particularly in major urban centres, tourist areas and busy SBB lines, the mobile network is at times stretched almost to capacity which is why Swisscom is continuously upgrading its mobile networks. Following on from the introduction of HSPA 14.4 some nine months ago, Swisscom is again bringing the very latest in telecommunications technology to Switzerland in the shape of HSPA+, which will double the transmission speed of each radio cell to up to 28.8 Mbps. This means that far more customers can use these radio cells simultaneously and at a constant high speed.

Millions to be invested to increase capacity

Swisscom is to invest tens of millions in the HSPA+ rollout over the coming years. Every year, Swisscom invests over one billion Swiss francs in the expansion and modernisation of its infrastructure and equips it to meet future requirements.

Swisscom will commence its HSPA+ rollout at the Geneva exhibition site at the launch of the world's largest telecommunications exhibition, which is taking place in the Swiss city on 5 - 9 October 2009. Thereafter, further locations across Switzerland where high volumes of customers regularly access the mobile Internet will be added. It is anticipated that the first terminal devices capable of utilising the higher bandwidth will appear on the market over the coming year.


Swisscom AG
Media Relations
3050 Bern