Smartphone and tablet users want access to their data and apps everywhere and at all times. Streaming services for video and music are particularly popular and now account for 65 per cent of the total data volume over Swisscom’s mobile network. As a result, the volume of data in the mobile network is practically doubling year on year.
The mobile network is a shared medium, which means that customers share the capacity of a mobile radio cell. The new LTE advanced technology increases the capacity of such a cell. As a result, Swisscom customers will be able to make better use of the speed offered by their subscription. The higher capacities are particularly important in areas that see large numbers of people, such as railway stations and city centres. Following the mobile frequency switchover (announced by the Federal Office of Communications) in summer 2014, Swisscom will expand the mobile network to cope with the new transmission speed on an ongoing basis and plans to extend it to the cities of Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Lugano and Basel.
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