Sunrise Communications Group AG

12/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 01:16

connect measurements confirm: Sunrise has the best 5G network

'We are delighted to see that, after the analysis carried out by the industry standard RootMetrics, connect also confirms that Sunrise has the largest and fastest 5G network. Since the testing phase, during which we established a world record two years back, we had the ambition of leading in 5G as well and setting the benchmark for others. That' is why we focused efforts on introducing 5G fast this year, offering private and business customers the most innovative products and solutions. We are actually still only at the beginning of an enormous development. 5G gives society and the economy enormous potential for more sustainable and better development,' explains a pleased Olaf Swantee, CEO of Sunrise.

In the annual connect mobile network test Switzerland, the top competitors have established a tradition of going head to head at the highest level. The two leading mobile networks switch rankings each year, with different point victories in various categories and the overall ranking. Sunrise is the only provider in the whole D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) to achieve the top overall mark of 'OUTSTANDING' for the fourth time in a row, and thus occupies a top position for many years.

With the introduction of 5G there is now another category, and here Sunrise is the winner:

  • The fastest 5G network: The Sunrise 5G network offers almost more than double the speed of the second-best network.
  • Best 5G coverage: The share of Sunrise 5G measurements is more than 10 times higher than the share of the follower.

The measurements in parallel to the connect mobile network test confirm the previous analysis of the RootMetrics industry standard, also crowning Sunrise as the largest and fastest 5G network in Switzerland, with the fastest response times (latency).

connect impressed by Sunrise 5G, success of '5G for People' confirmed

connect is impressed by the results: 'The edge displayed by Sunrise is all the more surprising, as the operator is initially concentrating its rollout as a landline substitute on villages, while the network test, in order to be representative, favored densely populated cities. The achieved speeds, especially at the expected minimum throughput ('90% faster than') in downloads are worth mentioning. With these speeds, Sunrise is 10x faster, and even the lowest 10% of its demonstrated speeds are faster than the maximum speeds of many DSL connections in Germany.'

This is how connect highlights the success of the '5G for People' strategy pursued by Sunrise. In rural areas, Sunrise offers fiber-optic-like, ultra-high broadband connections in the range of several hundred Mbit/s up to 2 Gbit/s via 5G mobile connections. With 5G as 'fiber optics over the air', households can benefit from super-fast Internet. The digitization process, with concepts such as smart manufacturing, virtual-reality tourism, and 4K cloud gaming, as well as many other 5G applications, can also be implemented in those regions that are usually only covered by DSL.

5G expansion

Sunrise already provides more than 331 towns/cities with 5G. This figure only includes areas where 5G coverage reaches at least 80% of the local population. 5G coverage will gradually extend to many other areas, including parts of major cities such as Zurich, Bern, and Geneva. The current coverage map, with a city and address search feature as well as the list of cities, is available on the Sunrise website.

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Winner based on 5G measurements in parallel to the connect mobile network test, 2020/1 issue. The fastest 5G network on the basis of 'download 90%/10% faster than' and 'upload 90%/10% faster than' as well as 'average data throughput' in 'download' and 'upload'. The largest 5G network based on the 'number of measurement values' with 'share only 5G'.

Examples of 5G applications

  • Saving resources and protecting the environment (Smart Farming): Agriculture is faced with the demand of reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides to the greatest possible extent, of placing even greater focus on animal welfare, and of increasing the efficiency of production. This is increasingly becoming a reality at Agroscope in Tänikon (Thurgau). Agroscope, Sunrise and Huawei are trying out the latest 5G technologies. By monitoring the eating behavior of cows using a sensor on the collar, the welfare of the animals can be monitored meticulously. Feeding behavior and illnesses should be detected early on to quickly provide the proper care. Healthy animals feel better and are more productive. Drones and robots in the field can be controlled and monitored in real time. They provide data on the growth of plants. The in-depth knowledge enables for the more resource-sparing and environmentally friendly production of food.
  • Anticipatory production control (Smart Manufacturing): The international industrial company GF Machining Solutions focuses on high-precision manufacturing technologies, to make machines with which other companies then manufacture products or components. 5G supports the optimization of both the machinery and the production process. 5G enables the system to predict - virtually in real-time - when a machine needs maintenance and intervention. Unplanned downtime can be reduced, machine uptime is extended, and costs are cut.
  • Positive trend in tourism (Smart Tourism): Tourism in the Graubünden Canton is again experiencing an upswing. This is above all driven by Laax. Laax was the world's first ski resort to be connected to the 5G network. Whereas quick mobile Internet access is a matter of course in modern society, 5G continues to push the digital guest experience forward. Innovations that can be used by guests even before they arrive are being developed, such as a virtual walking tour of the Crap Sogn Gion using live videos, virtual hotel visits and test runs of the slopes, and augmented reality mountain bike tours.
  • Redefining how we experience sports (Smart Stadion): Up to now, there are only two options of attending a football match: either live in the stadium or in front of the TV. The 5G Smart Stadion, which is currently being developed by Sunrise together with FC Basel 1893, will change this. For the first time in Switzerland, it will become possible to watch key moments with 'Instant Replay', virtually in real time. The match can be watched from various angles at all times with multi-camera perspectives. 5G will also redefine how we experience other sports.
  • Entertainment with e-sports and gaming: A third of people in Switzerland play a video game at least once a week. The smartphone is the preferred device of half of all Swiss gamers. The fast connections and short latencies of 5G now also enable mobile cloud gaming with 4K resolution, which was only possible in a stationary manner thus far, with PCs and gaming consoles.
  • World of work, equal opportunity, economic success: High speeds and fast response times make it possible to carry out more and more work outside of the office environment. When combining 5G with virtual reality, the physical presence of employees will be required less and less, further reducing work-related travel. This is more sustainable and more people can work from anywhere. 5G not only ensures equal opportunities in accessing the job market, but also levels the playing field when it comes to access to knowledge, education, and healthcare. A study by asut, the Swiss Association of Telecommunications, has shown that 5G will allow for a growth in production of over CHF 44 billion per year by 2030, creating 137,000 jobs.