Around 60% of mobile phones sold are smartphones. Tablet PCs are becoming more widespread and users increasingly expect notebooks to be constantly online, even when they are on the move. This is fuelling rapid growth in data volumes on the mobile network: currently, it is doubling every twelve months. In order to guarantee its customary high network quality, Swisscom optimises its mobile transmission sites for mobile Internet on an ongoing basis. Looking to the future, however, one thing is clear: existing mobile communications technologies will not be powerful enough to satisfy future customer needs. This is why Swisscom is being proactive about expanding today its network for tomorrow.
The LTE pilot project will be carried out at various tourist regions throughout Switzerland from the beginning of September until mid-2012, as plans stand currently. Swisscom will be covering the following regions: Davos, Grindelwald, Gstaad, Leukerbad, Montana, Saas Fee and St. Moritz/Celerina. In these regions, customers will be able to test the ultra-high speeds of fourth-generation mobile communications technology using a USB stick for their notebooks. From January 2012, it will also be possible to experience the advantages of the new technology at selected Swisscom Shops. Swisscom is currently working on putting together corresponding customer offerings for the pilot project. It intends to use the pilot project to gather experience of how LTE can be best deployed in Switzerland.
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