Success of the operation to reorganise mobile telephone frequencies

Biel/Bienne, 18.08.2014 - Operators did not encounter any major problems during the exchange of frequencies on the mobile network. The work took place at night, as planned, between 21 July and 16 August. The preparations made jointly by Swisscom, Orange and Sunrise with the support of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) meant that disruption was limited to a few brief interruptions on the network at times of low usage.

Orange, Sunrise and Swisscom completed the operations to reallocate the frequencies in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands on 16 August. The mobile telephony operators were able to carry out the work as planned, without encountering any unforeseen difficulties. The process had been drawn up jointly by the three licensees, with the support of OFCOM and the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom).

Only a few brief local interruptions occurred during the night when some network components were restarted, without any significant effects on the quality of services for customers of the mobile telephony providers.

The auctioning of mobile telephony frequencies in 2012 resulted in changes in allocations in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands, which is why the operators had to make these changes. These will enable them to better respond to the growing demand for mobile broadband services and to offer consumers in Switzerland high-quality mobile telephony services. The next exchange of frequencies is planned for 2016.

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